February Birthstone – Amethyst

Crocheted Stud Earrings

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the 6th anniversary gemstone.

Amethyst Pendant

Amethyst is a kind of quartz, and can range in colour from a deep purple with hints of blue and red, to a light watery purple with flashes of pink.  There is also a green gemstone called prasiolite that is commonly known as “green amethyst” though it is actually a different variety of quartz.  This quartz is plentiful and reasonably priced, and has been used in jewellery since ancient times.  The name for Amethyst comes from the ancient Greek word “amethystos” (‘not drunken’) because amethyst was believed to protect its owner from drunkenness.  Greeks and Romans even made goblets out of this gemstone for this reason.  Is it any wonder the Roman Empire fell?

Queen Amethyst and Diamond Ring

Amethysts are found around the world, and most we use at Studio1098 comes from Brazil, where it is plentiful in geodes and volcanic rocks. Karl Lagerfeld loves amethyst. He thinks it is a good luck colour!  This gemstone has a hardness of 7. It is durable enough to use in jewellery, but amethyst in rings worn every day will eventually wear down and need to be replaced because quartz is everywhere (think sand) and rubbing quartz against quartz will eventually cause it to erode. Definitely leave your amethyst rings at home for a trip to the beach!

Amethyst Earrings

Purple sapphire is an alternative to amethyst if you want a purple gemstone that can look just like amethyst but that is more durable for everyday wear for something like a family ring or an engagement ring.From a holistic health perspective, amethyst can calm negative emotions, reduce stress, and ease headaches. This beautiful gemstone symbolizes spirituality and purity, and purple is a colour that has always been associated with royalty, loyalty and friendship. Catherine the Great commissioned mining expeditions in the Russian Urals to prospect for Amethyst.

Crocheted Dangle Earrings

Amethyst has lots of other powers associated with it. It is supposed to be able to drive out evil spirits, settle your stomach, protect against snake and insect bites, and protect crops against locusts and storms. It is even associated with good luck in war and hunting. The Greek philosopher Hieronymus wrote that eagles protected their young from danger by putting amethysts in their nests.

Bass Clef Cufflinks

Amethyst is also a stone that has had tremendous religious significance for some religions. This gemstone was part of the Jewish high priest Aaron’s robes, representative of the Spirit of God. Amethyst has also been included in many Catholic religious ornaments, including rings worn by the Pope. Here at Studio 1098 we can create for you a custom jewellery piece with this beautiful February birthstone.  Our designs are as unique as you are!

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