February finds us in the coldest, darkest and thankfully the shortest month of the winter season. This month we require extra effort to seek out the qualities of peace, courage and stability. Warmth, we need warmth most of all. We add another layer, the richness of an angora throw across our shoulders compliment the ultra plush, nap-soft fuzzy socks which cradle our feet. We savor an afternoon cup of tea and put to rest the foreboding sense that the blustery winter wind has swept away our tolerance for eternity, and that the heavy gray clouds have settled deep into our soul. For those born in the month of February, or not, there is warmth and strength to be found in a beautiful quartz gemstone. The amethyst is a stunning blend of the colors violet and red and is a form or quartz which is found in every corner of the earth.
- Amethyst History
Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with may legends and myths. Its name derives from the Greek “amethystos”, which means “not drunken”, as Amethyst in antiquity was thought to ward off drunkenness. A big job, and therefore the Greeks believed it’s power would keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. To the English the gem symbolized royalty. For many years, amethyst was considered the most precious gemstone. It wasn’t until the discovery of more abundant supplies of amethyst that it became a gemstone to be enjoyed by many more than the wealthiest of buyers. Leonardo da Vinci once said that amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and banish evil thoughts. Other qualities attributed to this lovely stone are peace and stability, courage and strength.
- In our lives
Today we prize the gemstone for it’s alluring color or to symbolize the birth month if ourselves or that of a loved one. Prized jewelry pieces are often created for mother’s and grandmother’s in which are set a birth stone to represent each cherished child’s birth month. Because the amethysts beautiful shade of violet complements both warm and cool colors it is also popular for those not fortunate to claim it as their own birthstone.
Whether purchasing a gift or making an investment the beauty of an amethyst will stand the test of time. In addition to the birthstone for February it is an appropriate gift for a 6th or 17th wedding anniversary. As a “just because” purchase it is a durable stone that is suitable for special occasion jewelry and also worn every day. Like a diamond the clarity, cut and color effect the quality and therefore the price. Unlike the diamond the amethyst is relatively plentiful and the price differential in carat sizes isn’t significant, thereby making this gem a great choice for statement jewelry pieces.
- The month of purification
While February may still find us in the clutches of snow and ice, the glassy luster of the amethyst remind us that this is also a transitional month. The holidays are left behind and the pressure of New Year’s resolutions have either made themselves habit or dropped by the wayside. In nature the violet is the symbolic flower of February and the amethyst the months birth stone. The color purple is thought to represent the connection between heaven and earth. Blooming in very cold weather the violet is proof that the earth is beginning the seasonal procession. You are wished the sight of a bright violet petal in the glistening snow and to feel the warmth of geniality in your heart whilst wearing a gemstone of amethyst. Sincerest wishes that February thoughts provide you hope, inspiration and promise.
The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.”
~William C. Bryant
These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of. ~George Eliot