February’s birthstone is amethyst – one of the most beautiful, mysterious birthstones. Amethyst is variety of Quartz that comes in a spectacular purple colour, ranging from a blend of deep violet and red to lighter lilac tones and even dusky pink.

The Science Bit 

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2). Its violet colour is due to irradiation, impurities of iron and in some cases other transition metals, together with the presence of other trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions.

History of Amethyst

Amethyst has been treasured for 1000s of years. Because of its wine-like colour, the gemstone was believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus. It was also was said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Amethyst jewellery has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC.

Leonard da Vinci once said that amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and get rid of evil thoughts. Other qualities like peace, stability, courage and strength are said to be derived from this gemstone.

Healing Properties of Amethyst

Amethyst is said to have many special properties. It thought of as a protective stone, helpful in purifying the mind and clearing negative thoughts. Many people choose to meditate with amethyst to help relieve stress and anxiety.

We love this February birthstone poem by Oliver Farrington:

"The February born shall find

Sincerity and peace of mind,

Freedom from passion and from care,

If they, the amethyst will wear."

If you’re lucky enough to have a February birthday or you’re on the hunt for a gift for someone with a February birthday, browse our full edit of amethyst jewellery...