February Birthstone — Amethyst
For those born in February, amethyst can be a symbol of personal empowerment and inner strength. Originating from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunk”, this pastel to deep purple gem has enchanted kings and queens since the days of Alexander the Great. According to amethyst lore, the stone was believed to instil quick wit, clear-headedness, and soothe tempers.
Once as rare and expensive as rubies, sapphires and emeralds, amethyst has been set in crown jewels as well as religious and spiritual jewellery for centuries. Legend also has it that St Valentine wore an amethyst ring carved to the likeness of Cupid.
Today, amethyst’s wide range of hues and properties make it the most sought-after variety of quartz. While royals still revere its beauty, the gem's easy accessibility and affordability mean that everyone can enjoy this enchanting stone.
Its association with royalty and romance make amethyst the perfect gift to a loved one, especially those with a February birthday, or to commemorate the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.