Written By Allie Perry February 2, 2024
What’s the Birthstone for February?
If you were born in February, your birthstone is the enchanting and regal amethyst! This beautiful gemstone is best known for its stunning purple hue, but it also has holds many different meanings and has an interesting history over its 2000 years of use!
Amethyst belongs to the quartz family and is valued for its vibrant purple color, ranging from pale lilac to deep violet. The name "amethyst" is derived from the Greek words "amethystos," meaning "not drunken." Ancient Greeks believed that wearing amethyst could protect them from intoxication!
While amethyst is most commonly recognized for its purple shades, it can also exhibit unique variations and occur in different forms:
These are the main varieties of Amethyst:
1. Siberian Amethyst: Known for its deep and intense purple color, resembling the hues found in Siberian mines.
2. Rose de France: A delicate and pale lilac variety of amethyst, often associated with romantic and feminine qualities.
3. Green Amethyst (Prasiolite): Occasionally, amethyst undergoes heat treatment* to transform into a greenish hue, known as prasiolite.
*Green amethyst isn’t the only variety to undergo treatment- many amethysts are heat treated or irradiated to enhance their natural color.
Historic symbolic meanings of Amethyst:
Amethyst has captivated civilizations throughout history, and various cultures attribute different symbolic meanings to this splendid gemstone:
Sobriety and Clarity: Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst could prevent intoxication and promote a clear mind. It was often worn as an amulet during celebratory events.
Spirituality and Enlightenment: Amethyst is associated with spiritual growth, enlightenment, and a deep connection with the divine. It is considered a stone that facilitates meditation and enhances one's spiritual journey.
Protection and Healing: Across cultures, amethyst has been thought to possess protective qualities, guarding against negative energies and promoting emotional balance. It is also believed to have healing properties, aiding in physical and emotional well-being.
Royalty and Luxury: Historically, amethyst has been linked to royalty and luxury. Purple has long been associated with regality, and amethyst adorned the crowns and jewelry of monarchs.
Creativity and Inspiration: Amethyst is believed to stimulate creativity and inspire new ideas. It is thought to enhance imagination and encourage innovative thinking.
How do I take care of my Amethyst:
To maintain the brilliance and beauty of your amethyst, follow these simple care tips:
Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Keep your amethyst away from harsh chemicals, including cleaning supplies and perfumes. Apply makeup, lotions, and perfumes before putting on your jewelry.
Store Separately: Prevent scratches by storing your amethyst jewelry separately. Consider using a cloth or plastic bag, with clear plastic being ideal for visibility.
Gentle Cleaning: Clean your amethyst with a soft brush and mild soap. A baby toothbrush works well for delicate cleaning. Ensure a thorough rinse with clean water to eliminate any soap residue.
Keep Away From Heat: Make sure your amethyst isn’t exposed to extreme or prolonged heat as it can affect the color.
Be Mindful of UV Exposure: Prolonged exposure to sunlight or other UV light can have a negative affect on your amethyst, so be sure to store your amethyst jewelry properly!
If you'd like more in-depth information about each birthstone including meaning and history, where these stones can be found in nature, and proper care and cleaning, be sure to explore this article from the Gemological Institute of America!
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