For those with February birthdays, Amethyst is a fitting birthstone because it’s associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability. Since the month of February is typically cold, dark and short in most regions Worldwide, it’s the ideal gem for individuals who need a little extra warmth and strength around this time of year.
Amethyst is a purple quartz gem with a blend of violet and red. It’s most commonly recognized to be a purple color, however, the gemstone can range from a light pink violet to a deep purple that can read more blue or red, depending on the lighting. Oftentimes, even the same stone can have different layers or color variants. Therefore, the way the gemstone is cut, plays an important role in the way the color shows on a finished piece.
The name Amethyst is Ancient Greek and it’s derived from the word methustos, which means intoxicated. To boot, Ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness. As well, it has been associated with many myths, legends, religions and numerous cultures. There’s even been historical accounts’ saying that Saint Valentine owned an Amethyst ring carved with an image of cupid. In addition, in the Old Testament, Amethyst was one of the twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel. As well, ancient Greeks and Romans believe that Amethyst keeps the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.
For quite some time, Amethyst was considered one of the most precious gemstones, and it was held in the same regard as the diamond. Additionally, it was favored by royalty or exclusively by the clergy as a symbol for the diety of Christ. English regalia were even decorated with Amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty and wealth. Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC. Many historical wearers of amethyst were said to have prized the gem for its symbolism as well as its beauty. Even the legendary Leonard da Vinci once said that amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and get rid of evil thoughts.
Today, Amethyst can be found all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Brazil and Zambia. The gems hardness is a 7 on the Mohs scale, which is the same as other quartz, making this gem a durable and lasting option for jewelry. For that reason, with all these chronicles, Amethyst is ideally the best gem to represent February.
Whether you’re purchasing an amethyst for yourself or a loved one, you’re making an investment in a beautiful piece, that will stand the test of time, with fabulous statement pieces ranging from pendants to rings. Nevertheless, the gem is very durable and can compliment both special occasion looks as well as everyday ensembles, in addition to flattering both warm and cool colors. Alas, besides being the February birthstone, Amethyst is also used to celebrate the 6th and 17th year of marriage and the wearer gets to bask in the allure of beauty and clarity.
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