Celebrating the birthstone of February – Amethyst!

By: Amanda L. Colborn

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.

Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.  English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.  Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry.  Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.

Raw amethyst at the AGS headquarters

Raw amethyst at the AGS headquarters

Amethyst pendant from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Amethyst pendant from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Amethyst ring from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Amethyst ring from Parlé Jewelry Designs

 

February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

By Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge Jewelers

 

Amethyst, ranging from a light to dark purple has been in popular use for centuries. Purple is often associated with royalty; notice how many people of power enjoy that deep, purple tone!  Amethyst was Catherine the Great’s favorite stone and can be found among the British Crown Jewels.

 

Amethyst is the purple variety of the Quartz species. It often has no imperfections, so it is very easy and appealing to make into large statement jewelry.

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Amethyst grows in an amazing rock called a geode. Amethyst geodes come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes the geode is so beautiful that you might not want to cut it to make a faceted stone. Some are small and can be used as a paperweight, others are large and can be displayed as a piece of art or decoration. Amethyst geodes can be so big that they are twice as tall as you! Can you imagine how gorgeous that would be in your garden?

amethyst_geode

 

The name Amethyst comes from a Greek word that means “not drunken”, which is most likely where it’s healing properties come from.  Amethyst is said to be a sobering stone, healing all in the head. Whether you have a headache or are just in search of clarity, this is your stone.

 

February babies, you might have a shorter month, but you have gorgeous shades of Amethyst to choose as your birthstone. The lighter color also resemble this years Pantone Color of the Year! 

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