February Birthstone: Amethyst

February Birthstone: Amethyst

If you were born in February, your birthstone is the alluring amethyst. Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz that can be found in the collections of royal families throughout the world. Today, amethyst is more easily accessible. Ahead, I’ll explore the history and symbolism associated with amethyst and where to find the best February birthstone jewelry.


What is the February Birthstone?

Amethyst is the February birthstone, well known for its striking purple color. The name “amethyst” derives from the Greek word “amethystos,” which means “a remedy against drunkenness.” Due to its deep, wine-like hue, early Greek mythology associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine.

Once as rare as ruby or emerald, amethyst can now be found in many different countries, including parts of Brazil, Canada, Russia, India, Namibia, Uruguay, and the U.S.

Amethyst Birthstone History 

The history of amethyst is rich and varied. Dating back to ancient times, this gemstone has been prized by different civilizations for its beauty and protective qualities. The ancient Greeks believed that wearing amethyst could prevent intoxication and promote a clear mind. The stone was often associated with the god of wine, Bacchus, and carved into goblets for this purpose.

During the Renaissance, amethyst experienced a resurgence in popularity among European royalty and clergy. Its regal purple hues were deemed a symbol of power and luxury, leading to the creation of exquisite jewelry pieces and religious artifacts.


Symbolism of Amethyst 

Amethyst carries symbolic significance across various cultures. It is associated with spiritual growth, protection against negative energies, and healing properties. The gem’s calming energy is believed to soothe stress and anxiety, promoting emotional wellbeing. Additionally, amethyst has historical ties to royalty, symbolizing nobility and power.

As a birthstone, it is considered a thoughtful and meaningful gift for those born in February, believed to bring good fortune, mental clarity, and empowerment.

Best Amethyst Jewelry 

Whether or not you’re born in February, everyone can enjoy the beauty and benefits of the amethyst birthstone. Here are my top picks for amethyst jewelry you can wear to find inner peace—while looking spectacular, of course.

Tiffany & Co.

Cabochon Ring

Bold, beautiful, and seamlessly balanced. The sterling silver setting cradles a smooth, rounded amethyst centerpiece, perfectly polished to reveal the gem’s deep purple hues.

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David Yurman

Octagon Cut Amulet

Crafted in 18k yellow gold, this 13mm amulet exudes sophistication with its meticulously cut octagonal shape. With a lustrous golden sheen that enhances the allure of the amulet, adding a touch of opulence to any ensemble. Attach to a necklace or bracelet to create meaningful expressions of style.

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Allegra Earrings

Bulgari’s Allegra Earrings, crafted in 18k rose gold, showcase a colorful blend of multi-shaped gemstones. The mismatched design features smooth and faceted pink tourmalines, amethysts, and pavé diamonds, offering a captivating expression of modern elegance.

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Harry Winston

Amethyst and Diamond Necklace

A dazzling display of vibrant gemstones in shades of pink, purple, and green, capturing the beauty of a garden in full bloom. This magnificent necklace features cabochon amethysts, marquise rubellites, pear-shaped peridots, aquamarines, tsavorites, sapphires, pink sapphires, and round brilliant diamonds, set in platinum.

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About The Author


Debbie Azar is the Co-Founder and President of Gemological Science International (GSI), one of the largest gemological organizations in the world, and a distinguished leader in the global diamond and jewelry industry. As an executive with extensive knowledge of the jewelry and gem lab industries, her entrepreneurial skills and vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide, establishing 13 leading-edge gemological facilities on four continents. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Jewelers for Children, and is a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York. She has been featured in Forbes, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox Business, Fox5, CBS2, BOLDTV, Varney&Co, The Street, and NASDAQ, among others.

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