A little birthstone history, fact, lore and legend.
February, known in Welsh as “y mis bach” – the little month, is also known by the Anglo Saxons as “Sol-monath”, the cake –month because cakes were offered to the Gods during this month.Along with Valentines Day, I’d say February is pretty “sweet!”
February’s traditional birthstone is the amethyst.
Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Very handy if you’re spending a bit to much time with Bacchus!
Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethysts were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry.
And if you remember from January’s Birthday post, most months have more than one birthstone, the modern and traditional, and the mystical.
February’s modern birthstone is also amethyst. Alternate birthstones are onyx, and moonstone.
The mystical birthstone for the month is bloodstone. Bloodstone is a variety of dark green chalcedony spotted with red is also known as Heliotrope
Bloodstone was once used as an amulet in the belief that it could stop bleeding. It was also said to be able to turn the sun red and to make thunder and lightning occur. It was supposed to give the wearer clairvoyance while preserving his faculties and health.
Enjoy "y mis bach" , Happy Valentines Day...and Happy Birthday February!
Stay tuned, next month for Happy Birthday… March!
“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.”
- George Harrison