Amethyst February Birthstone Jewellery – Understanding the Allure

Sunday, 11 February 2024
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Amethyst February Birthstone Jewellery

Amethyst February Birthstone Jewellery

The concept of birthstones dates back to Ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, Persia, and India, when the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, and others assigned a different gemstone to each month of the year. If you were born in the month of February then Amethyst birthstone jewellery is assigned to you, and the ‘official’ February birthstone ring features this warm, and even regal, purple gem.

What is anAmethyst?

Amethyst EarringsAn Amethyst is a purple gemstone that ranges in colour from light lilac to deep violet. The colour of an amethyst can be affected by the presence of iron and other minerals in the stone, as well as the amount of light it has been exposed to over time.

Amethysts are highly valued for their rich, vibrant hue and are a popular choice for general jewellery and decorative objects as well as the choice for a February birthstone ring.

The hardness of Amethyst birthstone jewellery is a 7 on the Mohs scale. This means that it is suitable for daily wear in rings, necklaces, and other jewellery, but it may eventually show some wear and tear and require repolishing over time.

When looking for Amethyst February Birthstone Jewellery, you may come across lab-created amethyst. Synthetic amethyst, which has the same physical and chemical characteristics as natural amethyst, has been recognised since the 1970s.

Without access to advanced gemmological testing, it can be difficult to distinguish natural from synthetic amethyst in some cases. The GIA Laboratory can tell the difference, but many professionals in the jewellery industry do not request testing due to the cost and time involved in determining the origin of a relatively inexpensive gem. Nonetheless, merchants are required to inform you whether a gem is natural or synthetic.

Where in the World are Amethysts Found?

Amethyst PendantRussia was the major source of amethyst until the 19th century, when large deposits were found in Brazil. Once as rare as ruby or emerald, amethyst was suddenly in abundance. Today, the most important sources of amethyst are in Africa and South America.

Brazil is still a major supplier, especially its southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, though the rough amethyst mined there tends to have a lighter colour than amethyst found in other countries. Amethyst from Brazil sometimes forms in hollow, crystal-lined geodes so large you can stand in them.

The Anahí mine in Bolivia is another prominent source for amethyst. Hidden in the Pantanal wetlands, the Anahí mine is shrouded in fascinating lore. It was discovered by a Spanish conquistador in the 1600s, given to him as dowry when he married Anahí (a princess from the Ayoreo tribe), forgotten for three centuries, and rediscovered in the 1960s. The Anahí mine is also famous in gem circles as the source of the unusual bicoloured amethyst citrine crystals called ametrine.

What Is the Colour Range of Amethyst Birthstone Jewellery?

As we’ve mentioned, amethyst is commonly known as a purple gemstone, but within that description lies a large range of different hues, from a soft lilac to a deep, dark purple that borders on black. No one colour is really considered more valuable than another, so your choice for your February birthstone ring should be a matter of personal preference and individual taste.

Amethysts in Legend, Myth and History

The purple amethyst was a popular jewellery and adornment choice in Ancient Greece, and one of the first myths surrounding it originated at the time.

Amethyst is said to have obtained its colour from Dionysus‘ blood-red wine tears, according to mythology, which is always awash in magic. According to legend, Amethyst was a young virgin who was on the receiving end of the God’s wrath when he was drunk.

Amethyst RingWhen the young girl cried out to the Goddess Artemis for assistance, the Goddess transformed her into a gleaming pale white stone. When Dionysus came to his senses, he sobbed into his wine glass and overturned it.

The white stone absorbed the wine and glowed with a soft purple hue. Given that Dionysus was considered the God of wine, this legend goes a long way to explaining why the ancient Greek word Amethystos is where the word “amethyst” (which means “not intoxicated”) originates from.

The Greeks believed that wearing amethysts had the power to ward off the effects of excessive drinking and keep the wearer clear-headed and sober. In other words they would not behave as badly as Dionysus had in the story.

In Roman times, amethysts were a popular stone among the ruling classes for jewellery and were often used to adorn the robes of high-ranking officials to help signify what important people they were at a glance.

Amethysts also played a role in mediaeval and Renaissance art and architecture. During this time, the Catholic Church saw amethysts as a symbol of Christ’s blood and used it to decorate altars, rosaries, and other religious artefacts. It was also thought to have the power to protect against evil and bring peace and calm to the wearer.

Given that the colour purple is often associated with royalty in general, the amethyst, while not the most valuable gemstone when compared to diamonds or rubies, still features prominently in many royal jewellery collections, including that of the British royal family and other European royal houses.

Catherine the Great (Empress Catherine II of Russia, 1729-1796) adored amethysts and adorned herself with amethyst necklaces, earrings, and other jewellery. Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor (1896-1986), the famous jewellery connoisseur, made a memorable statement in 1953 when she wore a lavish Cartier-designed amethyst bib necklace to a gala in Versailles.

What Meaning is Assigned to Amethysts?

The ancient Greek word Amethystos is where the word “amethyst” (which means “not intoxicated”) originates. It is therefore long thought, as we mentioned earlier, to help the wearer hold their alcohol a little better!

Amethyst NecklaceHowever, like all birthstone jewellery, many people assign multiple meanings to the purple stone and feel that it can – and should be worn for specific purposes other than a stunningly beautiful February birthstone ring or necklace.

If you are married, amethysts are assigned as a gift for a sixth wedding anniversary and it’s a popular choice for Valentine’s Day gifts too, especially in its lighter purple-pink forms.

In terms of physical health, amethyst, some say, promotes hormonal balance, healthy cell regeneration, and restful sleep. Amethysts are also believed to have healing properties and are often used in spiritual and metaphysical practices. Additionally, they are believed to promote peace, calmness, and stability, making them a popular choice for use in meditation and yoga.

Why Choose Amethyst Birthstone Jewellery?

In short, amethysts are a timeless gemstone with a rich and fascinating history. From ancient Greece to the present day, they have been treasured for their beauty, spiritual properties, and association with wealth and power. It is important to take care of your Amethyst jewellery.

Whether you’re born in the month of February and looking for the perfect Amethyst February Birthstone Jewellery, a history buff or simply a fan of beautiful gemstones, this perfect purple stone may be just the right choice for you.

Author Bio

Jill Hansen runs Anastasia’s Of Broome and is a highly recognised expert in both the fields of South Sea Pearls and Diamonds. Jill trained in seeding pearls in the Cook Islands by Japanese Pearl Technicians, and established a wholesale pearl business selling pearls all over the world. She pioneered the combination of pearls and diamonds to create Lust™ Pearls, a unique fusion of these two beautiful gemstones. Jill holds the prestigious recognition of being an Antwerp Diamond Broker for selecting and sourcing Diamonds direct from the diamond capital of the world, Antwerp. She is a diamond expert and is happy to use and impart her knowledge to help customers make informed decisions.

Not sure what your birthstone is check out our article on all monthly gemstones here.

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