The gorgeous purple gemstone, Amethyst – the February’s birthstone – is one of the most loved and purchased gemstones – not just in February but all the year around. But amethyst isn’t only available in purple colour – green amethyst is a subtle, soft green colour which is, in my opinion, one of the most elegant of stones.
The amethyst we all think of for February is a rich, deep purple and a form of quartz. Known as a semi-precious stone in times past it was revered to such a degree that it was known as a precious stone and was almost as expensive as diamond!
Amethyst these days is a relatively inexpensive gem and makes a perfect gift for a February birthday. The colour suits most people and most outfits. There aren’t many people who don’t like amethyst so it becomes a thoughtful yet easy gift.
Read on to discover all you wanted to know about this delightful gemstone.
What is Amethyst?
The February birthstone amethyst is a type of quartz crystal, which is in bountiful supply therefore it’s now relatively inexpensive (this wasn’t always so). It is one of the harder stones, measuring 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. For these reasons, and its beautiful violet colour, it is a perfect choice for use in jewellery making.
It is perfect gem for everyday wear.
Even for the most cost-conscious, a pair of amethyst earrings make a beautiful jewellery gift for February birthday.
The name amethyst stems from the Greek word amethystos – which translates to “not drunk”. For this reason, centuries ago ancient Greeks believed that adding ground amethyst to an alcoholic drink with the belief it would prevent the drinker becoming inebriated. It was known as the “sobriety” stone. The fact that amethyst has a wine-like colour, is not lost on some people.
But amethyst lends itself to cultivating a level-headed, calm and ‘sober’ mindset, hence its been used for meditation, spiritual and religious ceremonies for centuries.
Amethyst the February Birthstone
Like the garnet in January, February has only one birthstone and that is amethyst. Whilst Amethyst is a hugely popular birthstone, it is a popular gemstone all the year round, probably one of the most popular.
Birthstones make great gift ideas – they add an extra meaning to a birthday present. If you’re looking for some inspiration on these theme, check out our article, “10 Unique Birthstone Gift Ideas for Her“.
Amethyst is associated with the sixth and the seventeenth wedding anniversaries.