The February Birthstone is the Amethyst
The amethyst is the February birthstone and, in finer quality examples, is a beautiful purple
color. The color purple, of course, is the color of royalty, and has been much in demand throughout
history. Fine Amethysts have been placed in the crowns of royalty as well as other fine jewelry for hundreds of
years. So as the february birthstone maybe the amethyst confers just a bit of royalty onto its
wearer. Such as this beautiful, very expensive piece:
Amethyst article by Sam Serio
If you're still young enough to remember your birthday, you probably also remember the special birthstone
assigned to it. But at your age, we bet you don't really know the SIGNIFICANCE of your birthstone and what power
the ancients felt would be bestowed about you by wearing it.
February's birthstone: Amethyst
[ Limoges Jewelry
says this about Ferbruary's birthstone: Found in varying shades of purple, the amethyst
represents royalty, piety, and sobriety. This gemstone is given as a sixth anniversary gift in addition to
symbolizing sincerity and stability. Wear amethyst to heighten your natural intuition and help get in
touch with your inner self. -Greg]
Birthstone powers: Brings peace and calm to your life
Alternative February Birthstone: Bloodstone
Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and the traditional anniversary gemstone for the sixth of
marriage. Once considered more valuable than diamonds, this member of the quartz member occurs naturally as
crystals within rocks. The stones are mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Zambia, Australia and in the
mountains of Russia. American amethysts are mined in Maine, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Montana and Colorado.
Amethyst from Maine is usually dark with North Carolina amethyst having a bluish tint unique to that area.
Amethyst can lighten if exposed to strong sunlight for a long time. When heated to 550-560 Centigrade, the color
changes to dark yellow or reddish brown. (They are then called citrines. These are more richly colored and more
expensive then natural citrines.) Ideally deep medium purple with rose-colored flashes, amethysts generally range
in hue from pale lilac to nearly black purple. Since purple has always been the color of royalty, amethysts abound
in the ornaments of in the British Crown Jewels and in the adornments of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, as
They have been found in ruins dating as far back as the ninth century, adorning royal jewelry, scepters, and
crowns.The intense violet hue of February's birthstone appealed to early monarchs, perhaps because they often wore
this color as a symbol of their elevated position. Purple dye was once scarce and expensive, so it was reserved for
the garments of royalty, and the color came to symbolize power and status.
Sobering Thoughts with Amethyst: The Greeks believed that whoever wore an amethyst or drank
from an amethyst cup would not become intoxicated. In fact, the word amethyst is derived from the Greek word
"amethystos," meaning sober. In ancient Greece, the gemstone was associated with the god of wine, and it was common
practice to serve this beverage from Amethyst goblets in the belief that this would prevent overindulgence. It was
also claimed that amethyst had a sobering effect on those "drunk" on love's passion. Even today, amethyst is
considered a stabilizing force for those struggling to overcome addictive behaviors.
In general, the gemstone is believed to be a calming, tranquil influence that symbolizes peace.
Amethyst and Prayer: Amethyst is symbolic of piety, spirituality, and a devotion to God. The
rich purple gemstones are used worldwide to ornament churches and crosses used in religious ceremony, and they
frequently found in the rings and on the rosaries worn by bishops and priests. It is also believed that amethysts
bring on pleasant dreams because they allow you to "channel" positive universal energy. As a result many people
place an amethyst under their pillow before going to sleep at night to enjoy "sweet dreams" throughout the
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