February Amethyst – Were you born in February? This will make the beautiful Amethyst your gemstone. It has a lovely purple colour in a whole range of shades from pale lilac to a deep velvety royal Purple. Those with a February birthday can choose their favourite.
Let’s take a look at the stone, what is it? Whats the folklore behind it and particularly how you can wear it in jewellery.
It is basically a natural stone from the quartz family which includes rose quartz and rock crystal. It is dug out of the ground. Amethyst is the purple variety. Once upon a time it was extremely rare and was amongst the most expensive of gems like diamonds, rubies and emeralds.
The ancient Romans and Greeks prized the February Amethyst as it was said to ward of drunkenness. Apparently, if you drink your favourite tipple out of an amethyst bowl then you will never get drunk. Unfortunately, I’m not sure that this works and can’t think how the myth came about. Perhaps a piece of amethyst set jewellery would be a great gift for anyone with alcohol addiction issues? The Church has always prized the amethyst as a symbol of purity and Catholic Bishops still wear a ring set. This is seen as a symbol of humility.
Eventually, huge amethyst deposits were found in Brazil and, due to the increased supply, the price tumbled. This does not make it any less beautiful to wear just more accessible to all. The Victorians were particularly fond of this gemstone as its deep purple colour suited the sombre mourning cults of the time. They saw it as a symbol of devotion.
In myth and folklore, the amethyst is said to increase spirituality and assist the psychic process. It helps to heal after a loss and in times of grief. It can be worn by healers or by those in need of healing when it will be placed close to the point of injury.
But what about the main purpose of this purple beauty? Surely it’s at is its best set in jewellery? The differing shades suit different coloured metals. Paler amethysts go well with white gold, silver or platinum whilst the deep velvety ones look stunning with yellow gold. It is suitable for all types of jewellery including earrings, necklaces or a set into a brooch or bracelet. Amethysts can be happily worn in a ring but one word of caution here as it is a little softer than diamonds and sapphire. It is probably sensible to keep an amethyst ring for dress and glamorous occasion as the surface will eventually wear with everyday rough and tumble. Alternatively, for every day, an amethyst and silver ring would not be expensive.
Let’s look at a few antique and vintage pieces of amethyst jewellery – It would be great to see yours – why not post a few on Twitter?