Beautiful amethyst, a quartz variety with color that can range from deep violet to light lilac or pinkish purple, has long been the birthstone associated with the second month. And February birthdays have been lucky, because not only are amethysts gorgeous, but they’re also said to protect wearers from drunkenness and keep them clearheaded and quick-witted. Indeed, the word amethyst comes from “methustos,” which means intoxicated. Before amethyst was discovered in more abundant supply, it was regarded as highly as diamond, and favored by royalty—purple is still considered a regal color.
So we can agree that if you’re shopping for February birthstone jewelry in the DC area, you can’t go wrong with amethyst. But did you know that February has alternate birthstones as well? These include:
Hyacinth: A red variety of zircon, this stone was assigned to January in the ancient Russian and Italian calendars, and this confusion may have led to its designation as an alternate for February.
Pearl: As early as the 15th century, this was classified a February stone, and, as a symbol of purity, it perseveres as a gem popular for engagements and weddings, many of which happen around Valentine’s Day.
Moonstone: Moonstone is the birthstone for February in the Hindu calendar, and is said to relieve anxiety and stimulate clairvoyance.
Bloodstone: Bloodstone is the birthstone for February in the old Tibetan calendar. Said to increase strength, the stone was favorite by ancient warriors and athletes.
Onyx: It’s also said to deflect negativity, and ward off grief.
With all these choices, and so many styles and price points to choose from, there’s no reason not to hit pawns shops in Northern Virginia this month, and buy a birthstone gift for your February loved one.