February is the shortest and perhaps the bleakest month of the year and amethyst, the birthstone for February, provides a warming and richly coloured contrast to the dull and grey days.
Amethyst is purple quartz and is found all over the world but most of the amethyst that is used in jewellery comes from Brazil. It varies in colour from violet and red and the name ‘amethyst’ comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the word ‘amethustos’, which means “not drunken.” Ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness!
Throughout history, amethyst has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. English regalia were decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolise royalty.
Some historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid.
Today, many wearers simply prize the amethyst gemstone for its beautiful shade of purple and the way it complements both warm and cool colours.
Spiritual healers refer to amethyst as the 'Stone of Meditation and Spiritual Guidance’. Amethyst is said to help connect the wearer to the cosmic forces, offering spiritual guidance and psychic awareness. It promotes a healthy, spiritual life-style and it said to bring deep healing sleep.
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