February`s Birthstone Is Amethyst
By: Dee & Noam ~
Amethyst is the purple variety of the quartz mineral species. It’s the gem that’s most commonly associated with the color purple, even though there are other purple gems such as sapphire and tanzanite. Its purple color can be cool and bluish, or a reddish purple that’s sometimes referred to as “raspberry. This beautiful stone can be found in every corner on earth. The amethyst is not only the birth stone for February, but it’s also used to celebrate the 6th and 17th tears of marriage. Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC.
Fine amethysts have been set in religious jewelry and royal crown jewels for ages. It was once considered equal in value to ruby, emerald, and sapphire. It’s no wonder that fine amethyst adorns the fingers of bishops as well as the coronation regalia of British royalty. It was believed to prevent intoxication - amethystos means “not drunk” in ancient Greek. Today, as the most valued quartz variety, amethyst is in demand for designer pieces and mass-market jewelry alike, and it’s purple to pastel hues retain wide consumer appeal.
Leonard da Vinci once wrote that amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and get rid of evil thoughts. Others believe that stone bring peace, stability, courage and strength.