February Birthstone – Amethyst

SEDAM00002_lgThe lovely Amethyst is the birthstone for February! The Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and occurs in primary hues from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple.

Meaning of the Amethyst – Stability, peace, balance, courage, inner strength, sincerity, and a calm disposition.

History of the Amethyst – Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems. The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication, while medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed. Beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.  English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. It has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry.  Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.

See our Amethyst Collection here.

[Source: Amethyst WikiAmerican Gem Society]

Some of our Amethyst pieces are below…

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