Amethyst is probably the first gemstone you associate with the colour purple. It’s also one that you should associate with the second month of the year, as February’s birthstone is the lovely amethyst. It’s also known as the gemstone of royalty, as wearing the colour purple was once reserved for royalty only. Amethyst has indeed been popular among kings and queens for centuries, most notably Russia’s Catherine the Great. Those born in February can get the royal treatment simply by wearing jewelry with their birthstone!
Amethyst has been revered since the time of the Ancient Greeks. Its rich purple hues were associated with Bacchus, the god of wine. In fact, that’s where the name derives from! Amethystos translated to ‘a cure against drunkenness’ in Ancient Greek. It was believed that amethyst protected its wearers from drunkenness while keeping them clear-headed and sharp.
Amethysts continued to keep their clever reputation well into the Renaissance, though Europeans also began to believe that amethysts had calming properties. Meanwhile, in eastern cultures, amethysts were often associated with peace. They can often be found on Tibetan prayer beads, as Buddhists believe that amethysts work as a meditation tool. Amethysts are also believed to promote courage, as well as relieving pain and insomnia.
Ranging from pale pastels to deep violets, amethysts cover the whole purple spectrum. They have remained one of the most popular stones for jewelry for centuries. You can find a shade for any time of year or any occasion, and it will always look gorgeous and relevant.
Gifting amethyst jewelry to a February baby symbolizes so many things. If you’re giving amethyst to your significant other or even friend, you’re showing her that she’s your queen. Maybe you’d like to let your daughter know that she’ll always be your princess. And there’s definitely no shame in treating yourself! Amethyst jewelry is a symbol of finding your inner harmony, peace, and strength. Take pride in your birthstone and what it represents.
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