The birthstone of February is amethyst and white onyx, the birthflower is the snowdrop.
The word "amethyst" comes from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunk”. It was believed to prevent its wearers from intoxication. Amethysts contain quartz, which is often found lining the insides of geodes (rock cavities with internal crystal formations). Colour can range from a faint mauve to a rich purple, though whether the purple colour arises from the amethysts’ iron oxide content, manganese or hydrocarbons is not clear. The violet color of an amethyst may fade over time.
It is said to bring calm, balance and peace.
White Onyx is a variety of Chalcedony, a micro-crystalline Quartz, silicon dioxide, that exhibits straight, parallel banding. Onyx is the anniversary gemstone for the 7th year of marriage. It is said to bring spiritual inspiration and release negative emotions.
There are 20 different species of snowdrops, a group of passionate collectors of snowdrops are also known as galanthophiles. Snowdrops are pollinated by bees in February and March though cross-pollination is rare due to the low activity of insects in the cold weather. It's seeds produce substances which attract ants, which collect and take them into underground tunnels to germinate.
Often the blossoming of the snowdrop is a sign, that the winter is transforming to springtime. Therefore the snowdrop symbolizes hope, the hope that this winter will finish too, that new warmth will enter our lives.