If you or some one you know were born in February, you're in luck! The traditional birthstone for those born in the month of February is Amethyst. Rich in history, meaning, healing qualities, Amethyst makes an excellent gift for people born any time of the year, not just February.
AMETHYST HISTORY AND MEANING
The amethyst can be traced back as far as 25,000 years ago in France, where it was used as a decorative stone by prehistoric humans. It has also been found among the remains of Neolithic man.
The word amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunk,” and the stone was believed to prevent its wearers from becoming intoxicated.
It’s said that the signet ring worn by Cleopatra was an amethyst, engraved with the figure of Mithras, a Persian deity symbolizing the Divine Idea, Source of Light and Life.
The early Egyptians believed that the amethyst possessed good powers, and placed the stones in the tombs of pharaohs. It was also believed to bring victory in battle.
In Arabian mythology, the amethyst was supposed to protect the wearer from bad dreams and gout.
Amethysts come in colors ranging from deep purple to the palest shades of pastel lavender and even pink. The most valuable hue is a strong reddish purple shade. Lavender hues look particularly stunning in amethyst engagement rings when complemented by diamond accents. Most amethysts have excellent clarity, with no inclusions visible to the naked eye, and are available in a variety of cuts and carat weights.
Amethyst is the stone of St. Valentine and of faithful lovers because St. Valentine was thought to have worn an Amethyst ring engraved with the image of Cupid. It is also referred to as the “couple’s stone” and gives meaning to strong love union. Wear as an engagement or eternity ring for devotion, or as a locket to call back lost love.
Amethyst jewelry can be presented as physical and emotional healing gift. It supports oxygenation in the blood, and aids in treatments of the digestive tract, heart, stomach, and skin. Amethyst also strengthens the immune system. It eases the mental anxieties that lead to physical tension and headaches and is a great crystal to calm those who tend to be hot-headed and easily angered.
For people born in February, wearing an amethyst can also be a symbol of personal empowerment and inner strength. Choose this gem stone as a gift of support or encouragement.
Amethyst, the stone of February, is considered a Gem of Spring. With intention to give spring vibes to some one special Amethyst fits the bill.
Amethyst is the gem traditionally given for the sixth wedding anniversary. Wear it in celebration of your wedding or choose as a gift for wedding anniversary.
Traditionally associated with royalty and luxury, the Amethyst in jewelry is a very popular gift in this century. Consider buying a stunning amethyst for the queen of your heart.
This really fascinating gemstone deserves attention. Amethyst is frequently featured in many gorgeous fine jewelry designs, and is a popular choice for fashion and special occasion gift. Choosing Amethyst once, you will fall in love with it for ever!