February’s birthstone is the magnificent, Amethyst. This gorgeous gemstone is not only popularly worn by those lucky enough to have a February birthday, but by just about everyone! In fact, purple is one the most popular favorite colors in the world, so its no wonder so many people absolutely adore Amethyst. Not only is it loved for its color, but the fact that it is so widely available in an assortment of shapes and sizes, makes it extremely affordable and available at a large range of price points. Amethyst is also unique in its ability to complement both yellow and white metals.
Amethyst can be found in a variety of colors from light pink to a deep purple. The ideal grade of Amethyst is called “Deep Siberian” and has a primary purple hue with some blue and red secondary hues. Its important to note that Amethyst can fade if overexposed to light and it can actually be artificially darkened when exposed to radiation.
Amethyst dates bake to the time of the ancient Egyptians and was mostly used for intaglio, which is when gemstones are carefully engraved with different shapes and emblems.
The Greeks believed these stones could prevent intoxication. Medieval European soldiers actually wore amethyst amulets for protection in battle because they believed that amethyst had the ability to heal as well as the power to keep them cool-headed.
So there you have it, this magnificent stone has deep history and amethyst jewelry makes a phenomenal gift for those with February birthdays as well as the rest of us folks!