The colors commonly associated with the February birthstone Amethyst are a pale lilac, violet, red-violet, and a deep rich purple color. A popular gem used in jewelry, the original symbolic meaning of the color purple was for penitence and mourning. However, it became symbolic with wealth and power and strongly associated with Royalty as the dyes used for purple materials were extremely expensive to produce. It is commonly found in Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia.
The February birthstone was believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, and is also said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. It has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry.
Amethysts are always associated with healing properties that are reputed to be effective for headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, circulatory system issues and general healing. It is also referred to as the “sobriety stone” as it was once believed to prevent drunkenness and used to treat alcoholism and other types of addictions.
Aside from healing, the February birthstone is also coined with stability and peace, courage and inner strength, and sincerity, as well as a calm disposition.