The February birthstone is Amethyst. Amethyst gets its name from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “remedy against drunkenness.” The Ancient Greeks were sure that amethyst protected against drunkenness. They were so sure of the amethyst’s power that they included many of their goblets with pieces of it to protect against overindulgence. Interestingly enough, even today amethyst is thought to have a stabilizing force for those struggling with addiction.
The February birthstone has a purple hue and has been held in high regard by many different people throughout history. In fact, amethyst has been used in bishops’ rings and priests’ rosaries for years. Today one still finds amethyst rosaries, commonly called February birthstone rosaries, as the tradition of birthstone rosaries has taken off. Amethyst is honored today as the February birthstone due to its rarity, powers, and popularity.
One popular February birthstone poem says:
“The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst they wear.”
February birthstone rosaries are stunning, and according to many protect against drunkenness and grant peace of mind. A February birthstone clearly has been thought to have a lot to offer even by many noble churchmen of the past. Those born in February have been blessed with the amethyst birth stone which can grant them the many graces connected to both the stone and the Holy Father. One might even use a February Birthstone rosary with the intention of praying for those struggling with addiction in their life. If you would like to learn more about birthstone rosaries please read the Birthstone Rosaries Guide which delves deeper into the beauty of both the rosary and birthstones. A February birthstone rosary might be the perfect gift for yourself or your friends and loved ones.