If you’re a February baby or are shopping for one, you should know that this month’s birthstone is rich in history and meaning. Here at the Vintage Jeweller, we currently have amethyst pieces that would make fantastic gifts for February birthdays or Valentine’s gifts. Although amethyst jewellery makes an excellent gift year-round. The stunning February birthstone is frequently featured in many gorgeous jewellery designs.
Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is a variety of Quartz that carries a spectacular purple colour that ranges from a blend of deep violet and red to a lighter lilac hue. Amethysts come in colours 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. A type of quartz, amethyst crystals can be huge, weighing more than 100 pounds, and sometimes form in hollow geodes big enough to stand in.
Purple has long been considered a regal colour, so amethysts frequently appear in royal and religious jewellery. Buddhists have believed that amethyst enhances meditation, and the gem is often used for Tibetan prayer beads. Various cultures have associated amethyst with peace, balance and courage, and ascribed to it the ability to cure insomnia and relieve pain.
For centuries, the Amethyst has been associated with many myths and legends. Gorgeous purple amethysts have been prized since the time of the ancient Greeks. Because of their grape-like colour, the Greeks associated these gems with the wine god, Bacchus. They believed that wearing an amethyst could protect you from drunkenness. The word amethystos meant “not drunk” in ancient Greek. According to gemstone lore, amethyst jewellery keeps its wearer clear-headed and clever. Artist Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethysts enhance intelligence and protect against evil thoughts.
Not only is it a beautiful colour that makes this gem so popular but it is also widely available in different shapes and sizes which makes it more affordable. Amethyst complements both warm and cool colours so it looks fabulous set in both yellow and white metals. This unique ability means it enhances almost every colour in your wardrobe.
With a score of 7 on the Mohs hardness scale (10 being most durable), amethyst is strong enough for rings and daily wear, but some care should be taken to protect it from scratching by rough materials. These gems can also be damaged by some acids and alkaline solutions (so don’t wear an amethyst ring while using household cleaners). Clean your amethyst jewellery with mild soap and warm water. For more information on finding the perfect amethyst jewellery, please contact our jewellery specialists today!