If you were born in February, your birthstone is the gorgeous amethyst. The purple variety of quartz that's rich in color which ranges from lilac to deep purple hues.
The name “amethyst” derives from the Greek amethystos, which means “a remedy against drunkenness,” a benefit long ascribed to the purple birthstone. Because of its wine-like color, early Greek mythology associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine. Amethyst was also believed to keep the wearer clear headed and quick witted in battle and business affairs. Renaissance Europeans thought it calmed lovers overrun by passion. Artist Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethysts enhance intelligence and protect against evil thoughts.
Historically, royals have admired the deep purple hue of the February birthstone since at least the days of Alexander the Great. Amethyst lore also includes several claims to mystical powers, including that it would convey strength and wit to those who wore it. If you celebrate a February birthday, wearing an amethyst can be a symbol of personal empowerment and inner strength.
Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, making it strong enough for rings and regular wear, but some care should be taken to protect it from being scratched by rough materials.
Shop our favorite amethyst gems below! Available in store + online.
in 14k yellow gold with rhodolite garnet accents
in 14k yellow gold with lapis, amethyst, rhodolite garnet, fire opal and a black diamond
in 14k yellow gold with sapphire, moonstone, labradorite and tanzanite
in 18k fairmined yellow gold
in 14k yellow gold with rhodolite garnet and fire opal