Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February Birthstones 2014

February is a great month to have a birthday, as it has one of my favorite semi-precious stones as the birthstone for the month.  The down side is there is very little discrepancy between the different birthstone lists; leaving fewer options for someone to choose from if shopping for birthstones, for an individual with a birthday in the month of February.

Amethyst Orbs
February Birthstone, Amethyst Semi-precious Gemstones.
Amethyst semi-precious gemstones are listed on the modern, the traditional, the Russian, the Roman, the Ayurvedic, the Italian and the Arabic birthstone lists.

In the research I have done there are only two lists that I have found that show different birthstones for the month of February.  They are the Mystical List and the Hindu list of birthstones.

Precious and semi-precious gemstone associations have evolved over the centuries, due to a variety of factors.   Reasons range from the current ease of acquisition, to new stones being found.  There has also been a marketing push to make an attempt in standardizing the list for jewelry and gemstone sellers.  Whichever reason, you want to attribute it to, the lists have evolved and changed over time.   It is nice to find one that has remained fairly consistent as the chosen birthstone of the month for February.

Semi-precious amethyst is one of the most well-known gemstones around.  Its natural color palette ranges and varies from clear, to a pale lilac, to an almost violet to red-violet all the way to a deep dark purple.  Many stones have a natural combination of the varying color tones and can even be found with white streaks running through them.

The word amethyst is derived from the Greek word "amethystos".   Which translates to "remedy for drunkenness”, it is often referred to as the sobriety stone.

Colors of amethyst stones that 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.
Image of birthday Cake
Happy Birthday!

"The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear."
--- Anonymous

Esoterically, the amethyst gemstone is thought to bring one stability, balance and peace when worn.  It is believed to assist someone who is suffering from headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief and aid in any general healing.  It is also thought to be a peace bringing semi-precious gemstone, when placed around your home.

Bloodstone is the birthstone for the month of February, when one looks at the Mystical list.  This list has its origins in the Tibetan culture and can be dated back well over 1,000 years ago.
A dark green stone with red streaks and spots running throughout, bloodstone was once thought to be and aphrodisiac.  It was also believed that the merest touch of a bloodstone would halt hemorrhages, heals tumors and was a cure for blood poisons.  At one time this semi-precious gemstone was believed to be a man’s stone. 

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.

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.

Revised rewrite of original posting, February  14, 2011.

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