In the world of gemstones, you may be spoiled with choice, even when choosing from your own birthstones. You’ll be surprised to know there are both traditional and modern variants of February birthstones. Keep reading to learn which ones you should choose for you or a loved one.


The amethyst has both traditional and modern roots in terms of birthstones, noted as far back as the 15th century to today. This is the beautifully purple birthstone people imagine when they hear February.

This form of quartz offers a variety of purples and commonly forms in large, six-sided crystals. Amethyst comes from a Greek word that translates to “not drunken,” and this gem was believed to protect the wearer from intoxication.


Hyacinth, or zircon, is famous for its multicolored light known as fire and is one of the three traditional February birthstones in place before 1912, and it’s not very common today. Its yellow, orange, and red hues have given it the alias of hyacinth. It’s the heaviest of any gem, and colorless zircon shares qualities of a diamond, making it a substitute.

Consider this if you or a February born loved one are seeking a flame-like gemstone or are wishing for an alternative to diamonds.


Pearls aren’t just associated with June babies – or at least before 1912, they didn’t use to be! Both hyacinth and pearl share a similar quality: they were traditional birthstones, dating from the 15th to 20th century. While their spotlight has been overtaken by amethysts, don’t neglect the beauty of pearls.

Produced within the soft tissue of a shelled mollusk, pearls are unique, offering a variety of colors and shapes. More often than not, you’ll find them in a subtly colored, pale, and lustrous form, sitting perfectly as a strand on a person’s neck.

For High Quality February Birthstones, Contact Matthew’s Jewelers Today!

Most birth months offer unique and captivating gems, and Matthew’s Jewelers supplies them all, from traditional to modern.

When in search of dazzling, exceptional quality February birthstones, look no further than Matthew’s Jewelers. We use a careful, considerate hand when it comes to our gems and jewelry, providing a variety of services and jewelry. Contact us at 409-866-7700 to find your special gem today or stop in to our Plantation jewelry store soon!