The Ultimate Birthstone Guide: February

Birthstones are gemstones that are connected to the months of the year. Everyone in the world has at least two birthstones that differ depending on what month they were born.

The Ultimate Birthstone Guide: February

Birthstone lists are actually based on Aaron’s breastplate; gemstones in the Bible. They may also be based on the gems of the fountain of New Jerusalem. 

Birthstones are thought to be connected with our zodiac signs, so they are worn throughout the whole world in many different ways – primarily through jewelry, like pendants or rings. 

Birthstones are considered to attract prosperity and luck, plus so much more. In this article, we will discuss the birthstones for February!

So, if you were born in February or have a general interest in birthstones and what they mean, read on for more! 

The Month Of February

Humans have a deep connection with the month they were born. There are many different lists of birthstones, but this article will focus on 4: the birth month list, the guardian angel list, the zodiac sign list, and the special apostle list. 

Here are what the lists have to say about the month of February! 

The Birth Month List

February is the shortest month of the year. It has 29 days, but every four years it has 29 days, and this is known as a “leap year”.

“February” is Latin for “purification”, and many holidays are celebrated in this month, including Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, and Inventors’ Day. It is good to note that the Superbowl typically happens in February, too. 

Famous people born in February include Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington.

The Guardian Angel List

Barachiel is the guardian angel for February. He is also the patron saint of married life and families, said to be sent by God to take care of children. 

The Zodiac Sign List

The zodiac signs for February are Aquarius (Feb 1-18th) and Pisces (Feb 19-29th.)

The Special Apostle List

The special apostle of February is St.Andrew. His cross can be found on the Scottish Navy flag. St Andrew is considered to be the patron St of fishermen, artists, farmers, the textile industry, butchers, and miners.

St. Andrew is said to protect people who are pregnant from convulsions, fever, and whooping cough. 

What Are The Birthstones Of February?

If you were born in February, you may want to consider one or all of these birthstones: 

  • Red garnet
  • Amethyst
  • Jade
  • Jasper
  • Serpentine

Let’s check out each of these birthstones in more detail!

February Birthstones: Red Garnet

Red Garnet is said to be the special apostle birthstone of February. Garnets resemble pomegranate blossoms which is how they got their Latin name “granatus” meaning “grain-like.” 

You can find garnets all over the world, such as in New York City, Manhattan Island, and Bohemia. Garnets will often get washed out to land, leading many rockhounds to search for them after big storms. 

Red garnets are considered to be a symbol of cheerfulness, faith, and consistency. Red garnets were said to be a way to preserve friendship, which is why friends would gift them to one another if they were to be parted.

Garnets were also said to protect individuals from lightning and storms, as well as protection against theft. They were said to reduce inflammation and protect anyone who wears them from being poisoned. 

February Birthstones: Amethyst

Amethyst is also the astral birthstone for Aquarius (see also ‘13 Beautiful Aquarius Crystals And Stones‘). It is said to be the 9th stone in Aaron’s breastplate and is often connected to people who have authority and power (see also ‘13 Crystals For Power‘). 

Amethyst is purple in color. It was once an extremely expensive gemstone, hence its association with royalty (see also ‘6 Beautiful, Most Expensive Crystals‘). However, after it was discovered in large quantities in Brazil it became very affordable.

Amethyst is also found in the United States, Africa, Russia, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, and more! 

Amethyst has been attributed to calming fears and the nervous system, allowing the owner to feel peace and serenity (see also ‘13 Powerful Calming Crystals‘). It is also said to protect people from disease. 

The Ultimate Birthstone Guide: February

February Birthstones: Jade

Jade is the Pisces astral birth gemstone for February 19th to February 29th. However, there are many astrologists who think that the dates of zodiac signs share properties.

In regards to Jade, it means that those born on February 16th, 17th, and 18th, will use Jade as their birthstone. 

Jade is primarily green in color, although it can come in other colors like orange, red, purple, black, and more.

It comes in two variants: jadeite and nephrite. The name “jade” comes from “piedra de hijada” which is Spanish for “stone of the flank.” 

Jade is a symbol of love and it is said that poets from China would hit the gem because the resonating sounds resembled the voice of their loved ones.

In general, jade is said to be a gemstone of music and anywhere between 12 to 24 pieces of it were carved with a different thicknesses, to produce various chimes for many ceremonies. 

In the 20th Century, oculists would use jade in the hopes that it would bring luck, happiness, and prosperity. There are some astrologists who believe that jade should be worn by those who want to start something new in their life. 

February Birthstones: Jasper

Jasper is the guardian angel birth rock for the entire month of February. Jasper goes by many different names, laspis in Greek, yashpheh in Hebrew, and yasb in Arabic.

There are also some who believe that it comes from the French “j’espere”, which translates to, “I hope.” 

Jasper is a type of quartz that is found all over the world. It comes in many colors, such as yellow, black, green, blue, and more!

It even comes in combinations of these colors, and many jewelers will make jasper jewelry that showcases the intricacy of these combinations and patterns. 

Jasper is believed to have once been the gemstone of the angel Raphael. It was said to be a symbol of wisdom, courage, and strength. In ancient times, it was used in an attempt to cure bowel and stomach issues.

On top of that, there is an ancient legend that said a variety of jasper, bloodstone, comes from the crucifixion, where drops of blood from the spears of Roman soldiers fell onto jasper gemstones.

Because of this, jasper is associated with divine and magical powers. 

February Birthstones: Serpentine

This is the high priest’s birthstone for the whole month of February, and this is based on an interpretation of the gemstones of Aaron’s breastplate. 

Serpentine (see also ‘The Complete Guide To Serpentine – Its Meaning, Powers, And Healing Properties‘) is a sometimes opaque, sometimes translucent birthstone that comes in various shades of green. Serpentines get their name from the Latin “serpens” because its colors resemble that of a sea serpent. 

Ancient Egyptians used to use serpentine to make sacred scarabs. At another point in time, many people believed that serpentine aided with rheumatism and was used as a charm to deter snakes and other poisonous creatures, like insects and scorpions. 

Serpentine is said to be great at removing fear from an individual and allowing them to shed their old self to become a better person.

It is also said to be a powerful stone that can eliminate negative energies, attitudes, and thoughts. Serpentine has been reputed for cleansing chakras thanks to its many healing properties. 

Final Thoughts

February is associated with many birthstones, including red garnet, amethyst, jade, jasper, and serpentine. This is based on various birthstone lists, including birth month, guardian angel, zodiac sign, and special apostle. 

All of these birthstones have various benefits and properties, and if you were born in February, or in the case of the amethyst, are an Aquarius, then you may want to try wearing these gemstones or collecting them in another way, as their benefits may come to you!

We hope this article taught you all you need to know about February birthstones. 

Andrea Daehma