The month of February has two main birthstones. They are both classic gemstones that have been desired throughout history. Each is quite different in its appearance and nature.
So what are the birthstones for February?
The Primary birthstone for February is the beautiful violet Amethyst. The Secondary birthstone is the rich orange-red Hyacinth Zircon. Both wonderful gemstones that offer a great deal as wearable birthstones.
Amethyst is the Primary Birthstone for February
The name Amethyst comes from the Koine Greek word amethystos, for ‘not intoxicate’. This relates to a belief that it would protect its wearer from being drunk.
The gorgeous violet of Amethyst is exceptionally prized, and this makes it a wonderful birthstone for February.
Amethyst is understood to be the 9th stone on The Breastplate of Aaron, representing Issachar, one of the sons of Israel. The ancient Egyptians used it extensively in jewellery. Medieval soldiers wore it into battle for protection. The ancient Greeks believed it would ward of intoxication.
Amethyst has been incorporated into the lives of many people throughout history, being highly valued for its beauty and its healing properties.
It is believed to offer a calming influence over the wearer, bringing stability, clarity and an inner strength.
It also has healing properties that help strengthen the immune system aiding in faster healing.
The calming influence aids with restful sleep, headaches and general well being.
Hyacinth Zircon is a Secondary Birthstone for February
The name Hyacinth (or Jacinth) is an alternate name for the orange, red and yellow varieties of Zircon. It is thought to be derived from the Ancient Greek word hyacithus, the flower.
This variety of Zircon, with its rich orange-red colour is stunning in jewellery and makes a fantastic birthstone for February.
Travelers in ancient times wore amulets made from zircon, in particular Hyacinth. They believed it would protect them from sickness and injuries and even the plague. In particular, it was believed it would help heal things like blisters, open sores and varicose veins.