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A Brief Guide to February Birthstones

February is often thought of as a desolate month, filled with the coldest weather the year has to offer, just before the cusp of Spring, but there is much to be loved about this second month. A birthday in February means, for many, being surrounded on one’s fondest day by the white skies and whiter grounds of snowfall, and it could even mean some day’s off from school for those of that particular age. February is the month for celebrating the birthdays of George Washington and Abe Lincoln, as well as being long known as Black History Month. Here is a look at the birthstones for February.

February Modern and Traditional Birthstone: Amethyst

February Birthstone AmethystOnce considered to be more precious and valuable than even the diamond, the purple amethyst has a history of being the favored gem for those in royalty. A person lucky enough to receive an amethyst as their birthstone can count themselves as a member of a certain kind of royalty as they wear and engage their amethyst jewelry with the pride of a queen. The word itself is derived from the Greek word for “sober”, and the gem has been long known to provide protection against intoxication. Amethysts have also long been associated and used in the ceremonies and symbolism of the church. With a gem known for its revered status among both the clergy and the royal families, one could hardly complain about having the amethyst as their birthstone.


February Alternate Birthstone: Black Onyx

The black onyx is not only the alternate birthstone for the month of February, but is also the known gem for a couple’s tenth wedding anniversary. Plenty of lore surrounds the onyx, as it has been known to have a positive effect on the wearer’s bad habits. It is also said that the onyx carries with it the power to organize a chaotic life, as well as bringing focus and concentration to a mind that is scattershot and forgetful. But it is the black pearlescent color of the gem itself that draws many to wear it as jewelry. Few are the truly black gemstones, and onyx takes up the mantle of this dark color with aplomb.