Everything you Need to Know About February Birthstones
- Author: Anushka Published: 11th February, 2022
The second month of the year is all about love, the arrival of spring and of course, birthdays of amazing people. If you are looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones or even yourselves, Feb babies are blessed with fascinating birthstones that are stunning, vibrant and meaningful. Keep reading to explore Amethyst (month birthstone) and jasper (month’s guardian angel birthstone).
Amethyst: Meaning & History
A beautiful blend of purple, violet and red, Amethyst is a popular gemstone that signifies royalty and has adorned tons of royal jewels. Derived from the Greek word ‘Amethystos’, which means sober or treatment from excessive drinking, it was believed that a person could drink all night and yet stay sober if he/she was wearing an Amethyst. The stone is made up of quartz (Earth’s second most abundant material) and symbolises justice and wisdom.
The stone can be found all over the world with Russia being the major source. The glittering purple jewel has a Mohs hardness of 7, making it a durable option for jewellery.
Amethyst’s Facts & Folklore
- It is used to celebrate the couple’s 6th and 17th years of marriage.
- Amethyst can help calm you down and soothe your nerves when you feel overrun by passion.
- It soothes the mind, alleviates anxiety, reduces negativity and improves overall health.
- A dream of giving an Amethyst means you have forgiven the recipient while receiving the one as a gift brings good luck.
Jasper: Meaning & History
Jasper is an opaque, smooth and guardian angel birthstone of February. It is believed the name originated from the French term ‘j'espère’ translating ‘I hope’. The stone can be found globally, with high levels in the United States, California, Utah, Oregon and Washington. Though it is (by default) associated with the red colour, it is available in a variety of colours and patterns. Widely acknowledged as the ‘supreme nurturer’, Jasper has a reputation for bringing wholeness and peace by absorbing all the negativity.
Jasper Facts & Folklore
- It is the symbol of wisdom, strength and courage.
- It was used to cure stomach and bowel related issues and even assist in fever.
- It was believed to be worn as a talisman and protect the wearer against witchcraft and phantasms.