What Is The February Birthstone? The Stone Of Soberness And Other Amethyst Myths

What is the February birthstone? It is a beautiful member of the quartz family with strange myths and beautiful meanings. It’s amethyst, and it is one of my favorite gems. My husband and I like to go rockhounding for this lovely little treasure.

Read about the “stone of sobriety,” along with other myths and legends about the amethyst birthstone below.

Birthstone Color

Amethyst Birthstone Myths and Facts

February Birthstone Meaning

Birthstone Poem

February Birth Flowers

Birthstone Color


Purple is the color of good judgment, industry, loyalty and faithfulness. It is also a color of peace, contentment, and purification.

February Birthstone and Color

It became a color of nobility because they were often the only ones who could afford to buy things in this color. Purple dye was hard to make, and purple stones were more difficult to find. Thus, it is revered as the color of royalty.

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Traditional & Modern Gem: Amethyst Birthstone

February Birthstone Meaning

Calm, Balance, Patience, Peace, Sincerity

February Birthstone - Amethyst

Amethyst was once believed to sharpen your intelligence, control wicked thoughts, and calm overly passionate feelings of romance. It is said to bring happiness, contentment, and clarity of mind.

Amethyst Birthstone Poem

The February-born may find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If she an amethyst will wear.
Let her an amethyst but cherish well,
And strife and care can never with her dwell.

The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, pg 327

Facts & Mythology

Being in the quartz family, this stone is renowned for its strength. Its purple color ranges anywhere from light lavender to a deep, rich, royal violet.

It is one of the foundational stones listed in the book of Revelations in the Bible, as well as a stone in the breastplate of Aaron as described in Exodus.

Amethyst was once thought to bring pain relief and immunity to the wearer. It was even used by soldiers believing it would help them defeat their enemies.

Here’s an interesting one… old myths claim it was a stone of soberness, meaning it could keep you from getting drunk. Now that would make a funny gift basket – amethyst and alcohol!

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February Birth Flowers


The modern February birth flower is violet – interestingly the same color as the February birthstone. Like its color, violets mean faithfulness and loyalty, but they also represent inspiration and modesty. It is a symbol of peace and power.

This also happens to be the traditional birth flower for the month of March.

February Birth Flower - Violets


The sweet, yellow primrose if February’s traditional birth flower, meaning “I can’t live without you!” It is a perfect birthday sentiment for someone you really care about – whether they are your best friend, your girlfriend, or your mother.

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Sources: See sources listed on the Birthstone Color Chart page.

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