February Birthstones – Zodiac Gemstones: Amethyst, Garnet, Sapphire, & more!
There is one gemstone that is on the modern birthstone list that connects with February, and it’s Amethyst. Believed by the ancient Greeks to protect wearers of drunkenness and balance their minds amethyst is a beautiful gemstone that’s affordability allows it to be worn by all. However, some February born individuals don’t care much for purple it just isn’t a flattering color for their personality.
So what can I wear if I am looking for a piece of birthstone jewelry? Fortunately, there are many more gemstones to choose from when looking into the zodiac signs and the stones that associate with Aquarius, a variety of gemstones become available to me. The same goes for any who are born in the latter part of February with the Zodiac sign of Pisces. Check out the article below detailing all the gemstones you can get for yourself or a loved one with a February birthday.
What Zodiac Signs are in February?
In February two zodiac signs exist, and they are Aquarius and Pisces. Below is a short list showing the dates of these zodiac signs and the gemstones that are available to people born during these months.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
- The Zodiac sign Aquarius has five stones associated with it: Garnet, Amethyst, Moss Agate, Opal and Sugilite
- The Planetary stone for Aquarius is Turquoise
- The Talismanic Stone for Aquarius is Jasper
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
- The Zodiac sign Pisces has six stones associated with it: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Rock Crystal, and Sapphire
- The Planetary stone for Pisces is Aquamarine
- The Talismanic Stone for Pisces is Ruby
What are Talismanic & Planetary-Stones? Let us explain.
Planetary Stones – In ancient times Gemstones were believed to be associated with different planets. Some of these planets were deemed to be ruling planets for the time in which individuals were born. A belief stemmed that wearing the stone of the ‘ruling planet’ at your time of birth would bring positive effects to your life!
Talismanic Stones – Talismans are amulets which have been cut or engraved as jewelry. Wearers of these stones are said to have protection by the magical powers the Talismans posses. These engraved Talismans are supposed to protect from evil, but they must have engravings on stones corresponding to the Zodiac sign of the barer.
Why is Amethyst the Birthstone that is for February?
There is a story about a breastplate worn by Aaron, who was a Jewish high priest, this story is where many of the new gemstones on the ‘birthstones list’ have originated. In Exodus 28:15-21, Aaron’s breastplate is described in great detail. In the ‘Tanakh,’ the Hebrew Bible a different gemstone represents each of the twelve tribes of Israel. In the first row, carnelian, chrysolite, and emerald; in the second row, turquoise, sapphire, and amethyst; in the third row, jacinth, agate, and crystal; in the fourth and last row, beryl, lapis lazuli, and Jasper.
As you can see Amethyst appears as the third gemstone in the second row. While the order of the gemstones has changed, there are many of these gemstones that are still in our modern birthstone list. There are also some gemstones that have different names in this list which have now been translated to represent the current names used today.
Are different gems related to Aquarius and Pisces?
Yes, there are, Aquarius and Pisces being astrological signs have different gemstones that are linked to them. In this way, many of the gemstones an Aquarius can select from are available during both the month of January and February where the star sign exists. The same goes for Pisces but it is during February and March where the star sign of Pisces falls into these particular months.
Are there references to earth, fire, water, air, or Feng Shui?
Amethyst uses fire energy which is the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination, and activity. Fire energy is Yang in nature, and traditionally it is the energy of heat, emotion, action, sex, ideas, concepts, and passion. Traditionally this energy is associated with the south portion of the home, room, or office – amethyst also associates with the fame and reputation area in your dwelling. Using fire energy in your home can provide boosts to your life regarding your standing with the community.
Additional reasons to use Amethyst for Feng Shui
Many of the ancient traditions associated with an amethyst hold in the stones use in Feng Shui; therefore, amethyst can be useful for its purification qualities and its ability to connect with higher planes of energy. If emotions in a household are ‘running high’ amethyst can help to calm the misunderstandings and arguments. It can also assist with learning
Where do I place amethyst for good Feng Shui?
- Northeast – spiritual growth and self-cultivation
- Southeast – wealth and abundance
- South – Light within, fame, and reputation.
You can also use amethyst geodes or gemstones in your study or living room. If you are struggling with intense or unwanted emotions you can wear amethyst jewelry as a pendant keeping it above your heart and near your mind will promote calm and collectiveness.
How are January’s stones connected to January and March?
All of the months and traditional birthstones connect through the gemstones that are related by star signs or the Zodiac Signs. The traditional birthstone list is a twelve-month list that has either one or more gemstones for each month of the year. What truly connect the months are the Zodiac Signs and the gemstones that go with them.
Why wear February birthstones? Health, Protection, Luck?
Amethyst is said to strengthen relationships and provide courage. Originally the gemstone was only to be worn by royalty, and at one point this stone was as valuable if not more valuable as sapphire, ruby, diamond, and emerald.
Large deposits of amethyst discovered in Brazil have led to the value of amethyst to decrease and have also allowed everyone the ability to wear this beautiful gemstone. The name of the gemstone came from the Greek word ‘amethystos’ which means sober because amethyst was also thought to prevent its bearer from intoxication. On a physical level amethyst is said to strengthen the immune system and heal imbalances in the body from the respiratory tract to the skin.
The strong healing powers of an amethyst crystal are said to purify spaces from negative vibrations. The amethyst crystal emanates higher energies which can be used to center one’s self. Therefore, it creates an ideal place for one to come back to their power and balance of strength. Amethyst is also believed to ease the transition into sleep or a meditative state by cooling extreme emotions and clearing mind clutter, thus allowing one to relax and obtain a more lucid state of mind or rest.
Amethyst is also said to provide relief those who suffer from nightmares and is a perfect gemstone for curbing overindulgence and bad habits. If you are searching for a stone that will aid in the process of quitting any unhealthy addiction amethyst is said to provide the strength needed to do this because it connects to the Temperance card in the tarot.
Amethyst can also have benefits to business people as it calms angry tempers and leads to spiritual insights and benefits intellectual reasoning. As a crystal of luck and prosperity amethyst had the benefit of reducing amounts one overspends, gambles unwisely, or makes unwise investments.
Fine amethyst is transparent, which means that the light passes through the stone unhindered. In translucent amethyst, the passage of light is slightly weakened as it travels through the stone. The best quality amethyst is “clean” and free of visible inclusions of any kind. Since amethyst is quite plentiful, there is little reason to buy stones with visible inclusions.
Amethyst Cut and Shape
Due to the variability of the color distribution in the amethyst crystals, it is often cut as brilliant rounds or ovals to maximize the color. Very rarely will amethyst be cut en cabochon. Other shapes and modified cutting styles are quite popular, but typically, only amethyst specimens with good color distribution are cut into fancy stones. Amethyst is available in just about every shape, cut and size. Calibrated sizes are easily found and fancy shapes such as trillions, hearts and shields are very common. Many artisans prefer to cut ornamental carvings with amethyst stone and so there are many amethyst carvings available on the market today.
Amethyst quartz is typically untreated. Some amethyst stones may be enhanced though heating, but heating of amethyst will reduce coloring agents and result in ‘heated citrine’. Gemstone suppliers should always disclose any enhancements. Heat treatment of 878°F to 1382°F will typically yield light-yellow, red-brown, green or colorless results.
Amethyst Gemological Properties:
|Chemical Formula:||SiO2 – Silicon dioxide|
|Crystal Structure:||Trigonal; hexagonal prisms|
|Color:||Violet, pale red-violet, purple|
|Hardness:||7 on the Mohs scale|
|Refractive Index:||1.544 – 1.553|
|Transparency:||Transparent to semi-translucent|
|Double Refraction / Birefringence:||0.009|
|Fluorescence:||Weak – bluish|
Amethyst Gemstone Varieties or other Similar Gemstones:
There are many different varieties of quartz gemstones, and most are based on optical properties such as color and crystal structure, but other varieties refer to the origin or other similar traits. Locality-based trade names are used mostly by gemstone sellers or collectors only.
Quartz stones can be classified into one of two branches, cryptocrystalline and microcrystalline. The two varieties can be distinguished by transparency and luster. Amethyst is macrocrystalline and there are many other similar varieties of stones.
Most Popular Related Gemstones:
Amethyst geodes, citrine geodes, rose quartz, chalcedony, agate, rutile quartz, ametrine, citrine, star quartz, cat’s eye quartz, golden quartz, carnelian and chrysoprase are most popular quartz varieties.
Lesser Known Related Gemstones:
Sardonyx, onyx, mystic quartz, strawberry quartz, aventurine, rock crystal quartz, blue quartz, hawk’s eye, prasiolite, bloodstone and chrysocolla chalcedony (gem silica) are of the rarer and lesser-known quartz varieties.
Amethyst Gemstone Mythology, Metaphysical and Healing Powers
The legend of the origin of amethyst comes to us from a Greek myth. Dionysius, the god of intoxication, was angered one day by an insult from a human and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path. Aggressive tigers would carry out his wish. Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana was to become the victim. Diana turned Amethyst into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the Tigers’ brutal claws. Dionysius wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god’s tears stained the quartz purple, creating the famous gem.
Amethyst is the birthstone for those who are born in February or for the zodiacal sign of Pisces. Since purple is considered to be one of the royal colors, amethyst has historical importance as an insignia of power. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and they were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. Amethyst also holds a high place in the ranks of the Christian church and was referred to as “the stone of bishops”. The Greek word “amethystos” translates into “not drunken” and it was often worn as an amulet to protect against intoxication. Since amethyst was considered an antidote against drunkenness, many wine goblets were carved from amethyst stone. Still to this day, violet-purple amethyst is a symbol of sobriety.
In antiquity, as well as in the Middle Ages, people believed that the cosmos was reflected in gemstones. The amethyst is assigned to the planet Neptune. The esoteric movement revived the ancient belief and the gem industry made it another marketing tool to promote certain gems.
The healing powers of gems remain a controversial issue but have been mentioned for centuries by healers, shamans and medicine men. Whether it’s based on fact or merely a placebo effect, it doesn’t really matter as long as it helps or benefits those who wear them. To achieve the most benefit from your gemstone, it is suggested to wear the stone in direct contact with the skin, especially the troubled area of the body. Amethyst is said to be of help for headaches, pancreatic disorders, backache, and alcoholism.
|Disclaimer: Metaphysical and Alternative Crystal Healing Powers and Properties are not to be taken as confirmed advice. Should you have any medical conditions, please see a licensed practitioner. This information is not to replace the advice of your doctor. GemSelect does not guarantee any claims or statements made and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.|
Amethyst Gemstone and Jewelry Design Ideas
Amethyst is ideal for any type of jewelry design because it is considered both hard and durable. Amethyst stones are typically worn as pendants, necklaces, earrings, and especially for amethyst rings. Due to amethyst having a purple-violet color, many believe that amethyst should be worn by females only. However, purple is the color of royalty and royalty has no gender preference. Therefore, it is an excellent choice of stone for men or women. Amethyst is harder than most other materials, so it is very resistant to wear and tear. Amethyst is a favorite for many jewelers because of the large sizes and shapes available. Amethyst is the most popular purple-violet colored gemstone on the market today, followed by blue-violet tanzanite, spinel, sapphire, and iolite.
Note: Buy colored gemstones by size and not by carat weight. Colored stones vary in size-to-weight ratio. Some stones are larger and others are smaller than diamonds by weight in comparison.
Amethyst Gemstone and Jewelry Care and Cleaning
Amethyst can easily be cleaned with warm water and mild soap. Wipe down amethyst using a soft cloth or toothbrush. Amethyst is quartz and although it is relatively hard and durable, there are a number of other gemstones capable of easily scratching amethyst. Therefore, take caution and do not place other harder gems near amethyst when storing, cleaning or wearing amethyst jewelry. As with most other colored stones, do not use harsh household chemicals when cleaning amethyst gemstone jewelry. Avoid prolonged exposure to extreme heat, because heat can cause permanent damage to the gemstone. When storing amethyst, always store jewelry inside a fabric-lined box or wrap it in a soft cloth. Amethyst should be stored separately from other stones, whether of whether or not they are harder or softer.
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