The February birthstone is amethyst. This is a very popular and well-known gem that usually shines a bright purple and white. As a birthstone, amethyst symbolizes courage and peace, and is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. This bright gemstone is also the perfect cure for February's typically cold and short weeks. Treasured since ancient times, the violet sparkle of amethyst continues to be a jewelry box essential today.
Birthstones are gems and other minerals that are associated with a month. This is a tradition that dates back to Biblical times, and through history it was customary to wear the stone associated with the current month during that time, then switch to the next birthstone during the next month. In addition, this was before stones could be identified as precisely as they can be today, so the identities of some of the original stones are unknown. It's only in the last century that the current list has been standard, and since then, it has been more appropriate to wear your birthstone all year 'round.
Learn more about birthstones and gemstone cleaning and care on our Birthstone Guide!
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