The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Feb. 4: BIRTHSTONE FOR FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE: COLOR AND MEANING

BIRTHSTONE FOR FEBRUARY
By Catherine Boeckmann

The February birthstone, the amethyst, is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage.

Amethysts are a type of quartz often found in geodes amidst cooled lava.

Their purple coloring runs the gamut from reddish purple to a bluish lilac.

The finest quality is a strongly saturated reddish purple to dark purple as long as the stone does not become too dark to see its brightness.

AMETHYST BIRTHSTONE FACTS & FOLKLORE

  • Italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) believed that wearing an amethyst could increase intelligence.
  • At one time, amethysts were only available to royalty.
  • Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication. In fact, amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.”
  • Wearing an amethyst will give you courage and help to prevent insomnia.
  • A dream of receiving an amethyst as a gift brings good luck.
  • A dream of giving an amethyst means you forgive the recipient.

 

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