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People born in February are often recognized for being honest, authentic and devoted. The February birthstone is thought to keep its wearer clear-headed and clever. If you’re shopping for a gift for someone born in February, or even treating yourself, Amethyst jewelry is known to bring its wearer good fortune.
Read on to learn everything you ever wanted to know about this prized gemstone, complete with great gift ideas for anyone who wants to express their authentic selves.
The birthstone for February is the beautiful and radiant Amethyst. In the quartz family, wearing an Amethyst not only puts you in good company (as individuals like Leonardo De Vinci were rumored to wear Amethyst stones), it represents a long line of rich history that swears the gemstone can enhance intelligence and protect against evil thoughts.
What Color Is Amethyst? The color of an Amethyst is purple but can vary from light violet to a deep, or royal, purple color. This stone is given its unique purple hue from color centers in the quartz that are exposed to natural radiation from other rocks (also known as irradiation). Given its stunning purple shade, many ancient Greeks associated the Amethyst with the wine God Bacchus.
Because purple is the combination of red and blue, the color (and even price) can be factored upon which of these two secondary shades outshine the other. One of the most valuable forms of Amethyst follow the 75% red and 15% blue traces (this is known as the Deep Siberian Amethyst).
How To Pronounce Amethyst? The best way to pronounce the stone Amethyst is to break up the word into three parts. The first part of the word is the general ‘a’, followed by the sound ‘muh’, and finished with the vernacular ‘thuhst’. In unison, the word is pronounced a-muh-thuhst.
It’s Greek name, Amethystos, literally translates to “remedy against drunkenness.” In fact, back in ancient Greek times, this precious stone was known to ward off drunkenness in its wearer and provide a clear mind. (Making it a great gemstone to wear while drinking your Valentine’s Day wine.) Even Leonardo Da Vinci believed the stone had a magical presence and helped him gain intellect.
There are a few ways to tell if an Amethyst stone is real with the naked eye. One of the first indications has to do with color, as color ranges from one end of the purple spectrum to the next. The precise color doesn’t help distinguish its authenticity, but the range of colors in the stone does. For example, the traces of red and blue tones should create some color disturbances through the stone. If a stone is a singular color throughout (not changing upon light or rotation), it might be fake. In addition to color, Amethyst stones, in general, are eye clean and free of any cloudy residue in the stone.
While Amethyst can be found all over the world, the largest quantity of stones mined comes from fractures and cavities in the countries of Brazil and Uruguay. In the United States, Amethyst gemstones can be found in the state of Arizona (in the Four Peaks Mine).
How Is Amethyst Formed? After an active volcano has erupted, lava makes its way to the earth’s crust and cools as it covers. Gas bubbles from the lava will try to get to the surface before the lava hardens. Oftentimes these bubbles of gas are trapped in the lava as it instantly cools - this is the first step in the creation of an Amethyst. Millions of years will then go by, and as the gas condenses over time, a beautiful and precious stone is created.
How Amethyst Interacts With The Zodiac The Amethyst is known as the clarity stone. In fact, many use this stone to clear the crown chakra and provide balance to the mind. Many believe that those who were born in the eleventh house (Aquarius) and are tied to their birthstone (the Amethyst) through proximity and wearing the stone will have heightened use of the mind.
There are so many ways to wear an Amethyst stone. The unique color and healing properties are really great for anyone as a birthday gift, Valentine’s Day gift or even just to treat yourself. You can browse our selection of Amethyst jewelry and enjoy 30% off any Amethyst piece during the entire month of February.
If you need some expert picks, we’ve rounded up a few of our personal favorites below.