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Amethyst – February Birthstone Meaning

AMETHYSTS are precious quartz crystal gems with deep violet or purple colour. According to legend, this February birthstone possesses some rather mysterious and useful powers.

Read on to learn why you should wear amethyst jewellery while drinking wine, and why it’s the best gift to receive on Valentine’s.

LOVE AND AMETHYSTS 
According to Roman legend, a wise old priest called St. Valentine used to travel throughout the Roman Empire performing marriages.

This is of course how the tradition of Valentine’s Day started. It’s also why amethysts are symbols of love. Apparently wearing one could help you attract romance – and if your sweetheart gives you an amethyst for Valentine’s it proves they’re your true love.

Saint Valentine of Rome

St. Valentine, via Wikimedia

He wore a large violet amethyst ring with an image of Cupid engraved on it. Couples in love would often ask him to bless them in marriage.

“SOBRIETY STONES”
Did you know the ancient Greeks believed amethysts could stop you from getting drunk? They even carved drinking cups out of amethyst, thinking the crystals lessened the effects of wine. The word “amethyst” comes from the Greek “amethystos” meaning “not intoxicated”. So amethysts could help you attract love… AND keep your head clear on a hot date!

BIRTHSTONE STORIES
If you were born in February, amethysts hold special meaning:
♥ In the Orient, they’re said to make you spiritual.
♥ They’re believed to give you courage, peace and strength.
♥ An amethyst amulet with the sun engraved on it was once thought to protect its wearer from storms.

SO WHAT ARE AMETHYSTS?
Amethyst is a quartz mineral. It’s usually purple or violet in colour, but exposing it to intense heat will make it yellow. Amethyst ranks 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, making it tough enough for jewellery. The largest and purest crystals are mined in Brazil.

Amethyst crystalsWHO WEARS AMETHYST JEWELLERY?
Throughout history, royals have regarded amethyst as the most highly prized quartz gem. The Queen of Sweden owns an amethyst tiara that originally belonged to Empress Josephine. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has an amethyst collection called the Kent Demi-Parure.

Modern stars like Katy Perry, Courteney Cox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Kruger and Sofia Vergara have all been spotted wearing amethyst jewellery to award ceremonies and red carpet events.Amethyst Necklace worn by Katy Perry

TIPS FOR BUYING AMETHYST JEWELLERY:

  • Our gem expert assesses amethysts in the same way as diamonds – by clarity, colour, cut and carat weight.
  • High quality amethysts won’t appear to have have any marks when looked at with a naked eye.
  • An amethyst’s colour should be transparent and vibrant.
  • Always buy yours from a reputable jeweller so they’re authentic and ethically sourced.

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