Those born in February could be either an Aquarius or a Pisces, but both are lucky enough to have the glorious Amethyst as their main birthstone.
If you don’t already have this stunning purple quartz in your gemstone jewellery collection, then you are missing out. Amethyst is arguably the most famous semi-precious gem on the market, and has been used to adorn royal crown jewels and religious jewellery throughout the ages.
According to Greek mythology, Amethyst was a young virgin who became the object of wrath of the Greek God Dionysus after he became intoxicated with red wine. When Amethyst cried out to the Goddess Diana for help, she immediately turned the girl into a white, shimmering stone – quartz. When Dionysus realised what had happened and felt remorse for his actions, his tears dripped into his goblet of red wine. The goblet overturned, spilling the red wine all over the white rock, saturating it until it became the purple quartz that is now known as Amethyst.
Because amethyst was associated with wine, it was believed that wearing it prevented drunkenness. Other legends reflected beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer clear-headed and quick-witted in both battle and business. In modern times, its benefits include:
- easing stress and anxiety
- treating insomnia and warding off nightmares
- helping people prone to depression and a feeling of melancholy
- a tonic for headaches, mental illness and concussions
- a general stone of natural healing
- being a stone of peace – it calms fears, raises hopes and lifts the spirits
- promoting internal balance and harmony to bring stability to the individual
Here is a selection of my amethyst jewellery:
You will find more amethyst choices here, or there are some alternative options for February birthdays.
Garnet and haematite are two more lovely stones associated with Aquarius birthdays, in early February.
Garnet is most famous for it’s rich deep red colour and has been a treasured gem for a long time. Thousands of years ago, red garnet necklaces adorned the necks of Egypt’s pharaohs, and it was thought to be one of the four precious stones given to King Solomon by God!
Not only is it beautiful, garnet is also said to posses some powerful attributes, such as:
- regenerate and energise the body
- purify and balance energy to bring serenity or passion as needed
- inspire love and devotion
- balance sex drive and alleviate emotional disharmony
- stimulate the metabolism
Haematite is an equally beneficial stone, particularly for timid women as it’s said to support them, boost their self esteem, enhance their willpower, and impart confidence. It helps to remove self-limitations and also aids in overcoming addictions and compulsions. If you are trying to give up smoking or curb some bad eating habits, haematite can help!
This is my Aquarius collection:
For Pisces folk, there are some gorgeous gems to choose from, namely Aquamarine, Green Jade and Jasper.
Aquamarine is a delicate shade of green-blue crystal which is very calming and soothing. It is said to possess calming energies which will quiet the mind and reduce stress. It was also said to prevent against drowning, so was often carried by sailors! A great gift idea for the nervous swimmer. It’s quite often cut into small faceted beads so I tend to use it for earrings and bracelets. However as aquamarine is useful for healing sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems, I have made some custom necklaces. Email me if you need one!
Jade comes in all manner of colours but most famously green, and has been adorning Chinese palaces for thousands of years. It was valued not only for its beauty, but also for its powers of protection and healing. It is cool to the touch and is known for its calming qualities. It has been used through the ages for its ability to harmonise dysfunctional relationships, and is an amulet of good luck and friendship.
Jasper is a dense, opaque, microcrystalline variety of Quartz, and a natural artistic masterpiece. I’ve read it described perfectly on Crystal Vaults as having “the unique artistry of Jasper is that of Nature itself – golden sunshine, a nighttime sky, poppy fields or a deep green forest, desert sands, the undulating ocean, red rock canyons, sweeping mountains. Each stone is a masterpiece of the Creator, bold and primitive in style, solid and earthy in form, with a warm, harmonious energy that resonates with the primal self.”
This elemental Earth stone’s frequency is slow and constant, aligned with the electromagnetic energies of the planet. It is known as the “Supreme Nurturer,” being a stone of grounding and stability to give comfort and security, strength and healing. It balances the aura to bring peace and a sense of completeness, acting as a reminder that one is not alive simply for oneself, but to bring joy and substance to others.