Welcome February and happy birthday to all of the people born in this month! February babies have a BEAUTIFUL birthstone: Amethyst.
Amethyst is a type of quartz and is a beautiful blend of violet and red colors. Amethyst often occurs in geodes or in the cavities of granitic rocks, and can be found all over the world.
Amethyst is composed of quartz, which is the second most abundant material found in the Earth’s crust, second to Feldspar. Amethyst gets its color from irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements. Its hardness (a 7 on the Mohs scale) is the same as other quartz, which makes it a durable and lasting option for jewelry.
The name Amethyst comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the word “methustos,” which means “intoxicated.” Ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness.