February Birthstone – Amethyst
Is your birthday in February? Happy birthday! The February Birthstone is the beautiful purple amethyst. As a variety of quartz, this violet and red gemstone is found all over the world.
Despite it being a relatively common crystal, it is still prized for its beauty and powerful properties. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry. Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, these crystals can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.
Pair your gift of Amethyst with a purple bouquet to complement the magical properties of the gemstone. (Exquisite)
History & Origins of the Amethyst
The name “Amethyst” means “not intoxicated” in Greek – “amethusthos”, deriving from an ancient legend. Bacchus, the wine god, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself, decreed that the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. This unfortunate person happened to be a beautiful woman called Amethyst, on her way to visit the shrine of Diana. As the beasts prepared to devour her, she sought the protection of the goddess. The goddess obliged by turning her into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, thus turning it purple.
Properties of the Amethyst
Following this thrilling legend, the gemstone was believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus. It’s also said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many other myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.
Amethyst was also reputed to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence and render men shrewd in business matters. For travelers it was worn as a protection from treachery and surprise attacks, kept soldiers from harm and gave them victory over their enemies. It lent assistance to hunters in the capture of wild beasts and fowl, and was considered to be a powerful psychic stone of protection against witchcraft and black magic. Like other royal stones it protected its wearer from disease and contagion.
In the spiritual world, Amethyst provided a connection to the Divine. To the Hebrews, it was Ahlamah, the ninth stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, engraved with the tribe of Dan, as well as the twelfth foundation stone for the New Jerusalem. To the Egyptians, it was Hemag, listed in the Book of the Dead to be carved into heart-shaped amulets for burial. In Eastern cultures, it was listed in descriptions of sacred “gem-cities,” “trees of life,” and used in temple offerings for worship, and to align planetary and astrological influences. It was popular in rosaries and prayer beads, credited with creating an atmosphere of pious calm, imbuing a sense of mental peace and quietude.
In today’s world, Amethyst is still a remarkable stone of spirituality and contentment, known for its metaphysical abilities to still the mind and inspire an enhanced meditative state. Its inherent high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy or attachments, and creates a protective shield of Light around the body, allowing one to remain clear and centered while opening to spiritual direction. Amethyst stimulates the Third Eye, Crown and Etheric Chakras enhancing cognitive perception as well as accelerating the development of intuitive and psychic ability. It initiates wisdom and greater understanding, and is a stone of comfort for those grieving the loss of a loved one.
Amethyst’s ability to expand the higher mind also enhances one’s creativity and passion. It strengthens the imagination and intuition, and refines the thinking processes. It helps in the assimilation of new ideas, putting thought into action, and brings projects to fruition. It is a talisman of focus and success.
Amethyst as a thoughtful gift
Amethyst makes for a wonderful pendant or ring. Pair this beautiful crystal with one of our bouquets, to complement and enhance the purple hues of this gemstone.