"The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear."
Birthstones for the month of February:
The nice thing about February is there is very little discrepancy between the lists. Amethyst is listed on the modern, traditional, Russian, Roman, Ayurvedic, Italian, and Arabic lists. In my search I only found two that were different and that is the Mystical List and the Hindu list of birthstones.
The Mystical birthstone list reflects Bloodstone as the stone for the month of February. This list is of Tibetan Origin and dates back over 1,000 years.
Hindu in origin, this list appears to be based on geographical location and they list Chandrakanta for the February birthstones. From what I was able to track down Chandrakanta is a word that comes from the Tamil language. Moonstone appears to be the modern translation of this ancient word.
Now you may be going huhn at this point, however there are a lot of people that are unaware that Birthstones lists can be based on calendar month, planet you were born under, your birth moon sign, geographical location, etc. Your head spinning yet?
It is simple really; Gemstone associations have evolved over the centuries, for a variety of reasons. Be it from ease of acquisition, to new stones found, to an attempt to standardize the list for jewelry sellers. For whatever reason the lists have changed over the years, so I tend to view them as a guide. Find the stone that fits you or the person you are shopping for and run with it.
Getting to know the Stones:
Amethyst is derived from the Greek word "amethystos" which means "remedy for drunkenness", referred to often as the sobriety stone.
Colors amethyst stones can be found in nature vary from pale lilac to violet to red-violet all the way through to a deep purple color.
The esoteric properties of amethyst include bringing stability, peace and balance to the wearer. It is also believed to assist in healing headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief and assist in aiding in any general healing.
Bloodstone is a dark green stone with red spots. The green can be so dark as to appear black in some of these stones. In ancient times bloodstone was thought, with the merest touch, to be able to stop hemorrhages, heal tumors and cure blood poisons. While powered bloodstone was believed to be an aphrodisiac.
Bloodstone is believed to be able to helps enhance ones strength and endurance. It was once and some still do consider it a man’s stone. However many women I know, including myself wear many pieces of jewelry made with bloodstone and our fond of the stone in general.
Moonstone is associated with the goddess Diana and the moon. It is considered a good luck stone and can be carved with talismans’ of protection. It is believed to bring wearers good fortune, enhance their intuition, promote inspiration and offer protection.
Moonstone color varies depending on type. Adularia moonstone has an almost transparent pale gray or blue or silvery shimmer to it. While Albite moonstone is semi transparent with a pale shimmering reflection and is in the feldspar grouping.
OF three which stone do you prefer?
See also January Birthstones.