Birthstone of February

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February – the wintery month of love, hearts and roses fill the setting of this month and like the others, it has a birthstone associated with it – the Amethyst.

The word “Amethyst” is said to derive from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunken.” This serves great significance because this gem was considered to be a strong remedy against drunkenness and was referred to as the “sobriety stone”; it is due to this fact that goblets were carved from the stone. Holding the reputation as the most precious stone within the quartz group and with a hardness of 7 on the Mohs’ scale, it is perfect to wear for any piece of jewelry; on this note, fine amethysts often starred in the British Crown Jewels.

Commonly found in Brazil, Uruguay, India, Sri Lanka, Russia and Madagascar, these stones are associated with the Zodiac Sign for Pisces and the planet Neptune. The colour of the Amethyst range from purple, violet to pale red-violet; the highest paying colour would be the “Siberian” deep purple, which contain hints of red and blue. Due to heat treatments some Amethyst stones appear to be green, but they aren’t usually regarded as an Amethyst by definition. Because of its colour, the stone is frequently cut as brilliant round to amplify the colour.

Ancient Greek legends suggest that Dionysius, the god of intoxication, was one day enraged by the rudeness of a human and swore to take revenge on the next mortal to cross his path. A young maiden by the name of Amethyst was on her way to praise the goddess Diana and found herself in the knot of becoming the victim. In a single act to protect her devotee from Dionysius, Diana turned the young maiden into a pure crystalline quartz statue. Tears in his eyes, Dionysius felt nothing but repentance for his actions and the tears stained the quartz a purple hue, thus creating the spectacular gemstone.

Not only is it known to aid in drunkenness, the Amethyst was also said to help with headaches, pancreas and backaches. Said to enhance your spiritual consciousness, meditation, visualization and composure, it can also calm the mind and allow the wearer to be at ease. Like the month of February, Amethysts are also said to bring good luck and love.