“The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear.”
—Gregorian Birthstone Poems
The birthstone of February is the Amethyst. Amethysts can be found coloured from a light pinkish violet to the better known deep purple colour.
Legend has is that the signet ring worn by Cleopatra was an Amethyst. Even Leonardo Da Vinci, in the fifteenth century, extolled the virtues of the Amethyst.
Amethyst gets its name from Ancient Greek, derived from ‘methustos’ or intoxicated. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed Amethysts to ward off the intoxicating and alluring powers of Bacchus (the God of Intoxication, wine and grapes) as well as keep the wearer calm, sharp and quick-witted. It was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, and as often used to make wine goblets.
While not guaranteed to reverse the signs of too many wines, today Amethysts are known for giving their wearer the qualities of peace, courage, stability, sincerity and strength. Amethysts are also associated with romance, lust and love.