February Birthstone: Amethyst

What is Amethyst?

Amethyst is the gemstone of February and for those born under the Pisces zodiac sign. Amethyst is known as the Royal Purple Stone, the purple variety of quartz. The name amethyst derives from the ancient Greek word amethustos, meaning sober. It was said that an amethyst could prevent the bearer from becoming excessively drunk and also instills a sober and serious mind.

Amethyst is always purple, but comes in shades of pale lilac to deep purple. Deeper colors are more valuable, milky amethyst is the cheapest. Amethyst is mined in South America and Africa. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, also comes from Australia.

Mythology

According to Greek mythology, Amethyst was a young virgin who became the object of wrath of the Greek God Dionysus after he became intoxicated with red wine. When Amethyst cried out to Goddess Diana for help, she immediately turned the girl into a white, shimmering stone (quartz). When Dionysus realized what had happened and felt remorse for his actions, his tears dripped into his goblet of red wine. The goblet overturned, and the red wine spilled all over the white rock, saturating it until it became the purple quartz that is now known as Amethyst.

The Church and the Crown

Purple has long been considered a royal color and a favorite of ancient Egyptian royalty. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that “amethyst could dissipate evil thoughts and accelerate intelligence”. During the Middle Ages, Amethyst stood for piety and celibacy and was therefore worn by members of the Catholic Church clergy and was used to adorn crosses. Amethyst is still the stone of bishops, who often wear amethyst rings.

Benefits

Amethyst’s sobering and calming qualities is why it’s considered to have the power to purify and bring peace. It is also believed to boost lower energies higher, and heal at all levels of mind, body and spirit. Amethyst is especially useful to calm overworked minds as it brings mental strength, stability, and vigor, and reduces negativity.

Amethyst also supports all that is transitional. Especially death and rebirth – providing peace of mind when a loved one is lost. As an elixir, amethyst can help toothache, bone and joint discomforts and problems with the stomach and digestion. It has also been known taken for blood disease and balance blood sugar.

In yoga, amethyst aids the 6th Chakra, the Third Eye, center of the body’s spiritual power. Because amethyst heightens awareness, both spiritual and psychic – increasing intuition and psychic development and transition from a normal state of consciousness to a deeper awareness.

Amethyst jewelry never goes out of fashion. The purple goes well with clear crystal, black and other subdued and neutral colors. Balance your design with silver spacers and findings!

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