Thursday, February 21, 2008

February Alternative Birthstones!

February is an amazing and wonderful month. It's the only one that doesn't have a consistent number of days every year! It's Black History Month and also one of the most popular times of the year for couples to get engaged (Valentine's Day). The traditional birthstone for February is Amethyst. Until recently, Amethyst was almost always a beautiful dark purple. In the past few years, lighter varieties came onto the market as 'rose amethyst' and most recently, prasiolite has become quite popular. Prasiolite, or greened Amethyst is created when the stone is heated in industry accepted standards. In ancient Greece, amethyst was worn to ward off the adverse effects of wine (drunkenness).

Did you know, Amethyst is not the only birthstone option for February babies? The mystical birthstone for February is Bloodstone - a dark green opaque stone with red specks. The zodiac offers other alternatives as well. If you are a February Aquarius, your astrological birthstones are: Garnet, Moss Agate, Opal and Sugilite. Your planetary stone is Turquoise and your talismanic stone is Jasper. If you are a February Pisces your astrological birthstones are: Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Rock Crystal and Sapphire. Your planetary stone is Aquamarine and your talismanic stone is Ruby!

I find uncommon stones fascinating and I like to feature them in my jewelry creations. Please visit me anytime at and/or Thank you for reading!

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