Posted on 15th Feb 2012 @ 11:49 AM
Amethyst is the birthstone for February, and the Zodiac stone for the constellation Pisces, a water sign which is assigned to those born Feb. 20 - March 20.
Amethyst is the purple variety of the mineral quartz, comes in a wide range of shades and is a very popular gemstone. Its range of color is unparalleled.
Thank goodness it is plentiful and easily acquired, or it would be very expensive. Amethysts can be found in many noteworthy locales around the world, from the U.S. and Mexico, to Africa, Brazil, Germany, Russia and Uruguay.
"Amethyst" comes from the Greek meaning "sober" or "not drunken," so it is associated with sobriety, as well as security, spirituality and wisdom. This may be due to a belief that amethyst could ward off the ill effects of alcohol, but most likely it refers to the wine-like color of some amethysts the Greeks found.
Traditionally the color purple has been closely linked to royalty, because purple dye was scarce and so, very expensive, and reserved for the garments of kings and queens. Amethyst jewelry was always a favorite adornment of the rich and powerful, and has been found among the possessions of royalty throughout the ages. A large amethyst is among the spectacular and heavily guarded collection of British Crown Jewels. Today, amethyst is a lovely and affordable gemstone for everyone, and many people feel a sense of well being when gazing into the deep, still depths of an amethyst.
Once considered more valuable than diamonds, amethyst jewelry is loved and appreciated.
The gift of amethyst is also said to strengthen a relationship, so it is an ideal anniversary or engagement gem, whether set in a white gold ring, bracelet, gold earrings, or on a gold necklace. Whomever receives it will feel like royalty and love its stunning beauty!