February Birthstone: Amethyst

February Birthstone: Amethyst

If you have a February birthday, or are shopping for a loved one who is born this month, you should know that this symbolic birthstone is rich in history and meaning.

If you have a February birthday, or are shopping for a loved one who is born this month, you should know that this symbolic birthstone is rich in history and meaning.

 

Amethysts come in colors ranging from deep purple to the palest shades of pastel lavender and even pink. In fact, the most valuable hue is a strong reddish purple shade. 

 

Prized since the time of the ancient Greeks, gorgeous purple amethysts were associated with the wine god Bacchus. The Greeks believed that wearing an amethyst could protect you from drunkenness—fun fact, the word amethystos meant “not drunk” in ancient Greek. 

 

Other gemstone lore claims that amethyst jewelry keeps its wearer clear-headed and clever. Artist Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethysts enhance intelligence and protect against evil thoughts.

 

Purple is regal color, so amethysts frequently appear in royal and religious jewelry. Buddhists are said to have believed that amethyst enhances meditation, and the gem is often used for Tibetan prayer beads. Other various cultures have associated amethyst with peace, balance and courage, and ascribed to it the ability to cure insomnia and relieve pain.

 

The Gemological Institute of America Inc. has a wealth of information about amethysts that you can read here >>>

 

If you’re shopping for a February birthday girl, amethyst jewelry is a must buy! Consider elegant amethyst stud earrings, a gorgeous amethyst ring, or an amethyst pendant. 

 

Amethyst jewelry truly makes an excellent gift for women born any time of the year. The stunning February birthstone is frequently featured in many gorgeous jewelry designs. Be sure to check out EK Jewelers for all your amethyst jewelry needs. We can create a custom amethyst piece that is sure to stun your loved one!

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