Thursday 30 January 2014

Amethyst - February Birthstone

February is the month of amethyst, a precious stone that is available in pale lilac right through to a deep rich purple colour and whose symbolism is concerned with maintaining a clear (and sober) mind. In fact the word Amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunk”.
Amethyst Heart Stackable Silver Crossover Ring
"The February born shall find Sincerity and peace of mind, Freedom from passion and from care, If they, the amethyst will wear." – anon
1.14ct Amethyst Heart Bezel Set Earrings
Due to its ability to bring clarity of thought the Amethyst has featured strongly in religious and royal history, as has the colour purple. The original meaning of the colour purple was for mourning but it gradually became linked to wealth and power, as purple dyes, like those worn by royals, were expensive and difficult to produce.
Cleopatra was said to have worn a amethyst signet ring and it’s also said to be the stone of Saint Valentine’s, which is appropriate given that Valentine’s day also falls in February. Amethyst is also known as the “wisdom stone” and is still worn, today, by Catholic priests.
In terms of health properties the early Egyptians believed that the amethyst possessed “good” powers and placed them in tombs of pharaohs.  During the middle ages amethyst was believed to dispel sleep and sharpen intellect.  While in Arabian mythology the amethyst was supposed to protect from bad dreams, as well as gout.
While birthstones are often worn by those who celebrate their birthday in the corresponding month, an exception can be made with amethyst. This is because it falls in February, the month of Valentine’s day, and was particularly favoured by St Valentine’s himself, who carried a small sculptured amethyst in the shape of his helper, Cupid. So if you seek out a unique Valentine’s Day gift, with true significance, do shop from our wonderful amethyst collection, which offers something special for both the modern and traditional amethyst lover.
Throughout history it is believed that each Georgian calendar month can be marked by a particular gemstone that is befittingly known as a “birthstone gem”.  In essence if you born in a particular month you should wear the corresponding stone. Years ago astrologers attributed supernatural powers to certain gemstones, whereas, nowadays we wear our birthstone gem in the hope that is brings us good luck. Even today giving a piece of jewellery containing a birthstone gem is said to bring the recipient protection so it can make a very special statement gift.
Amethyst Heart Silver Crossover Earrings
2.5ct Stardust Amethyst Sapphire Dome Silver Ring
Amethyst Heart Crossover Silver Pendant and Chain
1ct Amethyst and Diamond Gold Halo Ring
3.5ct Amethyst checkerboard Heart Bezel Set Pendant and Chain
2.3ct Amethyst Round Northern Lights Pendant

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