The Amethyst birthstone is a purple gemstone that has a transparent and glass shine appearance. This beautiful purple gemstone is generally found in Uruguay and Brazil. The amethyst symbolizes the February birthstone.
The month of the year in which we are born can be emphasized in our way of being, and that is why since ancient times a precious stone has been linked to each month of the year. Thus, everyone born in a given month identifies with a particular gemstone for its connected qualities. If you wear a jewel with your birthstone you will improve the best of your personality.
At Gemistone Jewelers today we dedicate this blog post to all those who were born on a day in February. If you are one of these people, keep reading and you will understand why your birthstone is Amethyst, and why it is a good idea to have a jewel with this treasure of nature nearby.
What is February Birthstone?
The dark purple, translucent gemstone symbolizes contentment and awareness. For example, the amethyst gemstone (February birthstone) necklace is widely worn by people with the Pisces and Aquarius zodiac signs.
The amethyst stone also ensures that you can clear your head and purify it from negative influences. Are you stuck in old addictions? The stone helps you to break these taboos. Not, only beautiful for its purple color but also effective.
Where to Find Amethyst?
Amethyst is found on all continents, and the largest deposits are in South and North America and Africa. The largest producer is Brazil, which processes two to three thousand tons per year, well ahead of Zambia, which ranks second.
Mines in the Ural Mountains in Siberia used to produce the finest amethyst gemstones, but these days “Siberian” is a trading name for gemstones similar in hue to those originally found in Siberia.
An amethyst mine at Wadi el-Khoudi in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, near Aswan in the Eastern Desert, has been dated to 3900 years, and other ancient sources of amethyst were Persia and India.
Origin or History & Amethyst Properties
The purple gemstone, the February birthstone, takes its name from the time of the Greeks and Romans. The word “amethystos” directly means “not to get drunk”. The Greeks and Romans often wore jewelry with amethysts to avoid getting drunk while going out. Back then, being drunk was seen as a sign of weakness.
Unfortunately, the February birthstone was not available to everyone. Due to the high price of the amethyst, it was not affordable for many people, and only the super-rich owned jewelry with the amethyst as a gemstone. Amethyst is the zodiac stone for those born this month. That is, under the sign of Pisces, between February 19 and March 20.
Amethyst symbolizes peace, serenity, and austerity. In addition, properties such as restricting sensuality and alcoholic intoxication are attributed to it, neither more nor less. They say that it improves the quality of your skin and your hair, it can even prevent baldness.
An amethyst stone in your jewel can protect you from deception. Because it’s purple shade is linked to royalty and is a perfect gift, for your 6th, 17th, and 33rd wedding anniversary. So along with a long and happy marriage, you can amass an entire collection of beautiful purple gemstones.
What is February Birthstone Color?
The color can range primarily from light pink or purple to dark purple, with shades of red and blue.
Amethyst is purple quartz, ranging from lilacs with a hint of pink and delicate lavender to deep plums and raspberries with hints of reds and blues and even some rich browns.
“It’s not an amethyst unless it’s purple.”
Deeper colors are the most valuable, with strong reddish purple or deep purple with no color change throughout the stone, the most popular. Too deep a color can look black in dim lighting, which can reduce their value.
Once upon a time in Siberia, Russia produced the most beautiful amethyst crystals of a special rich purple color that flashed with red and blue flashes. Unfortunately, the mines of Siberia have been depleted, so now “Siberian Amethyst” only refers to the color, not the source.
Another popular color is Rose de France, a pale pink or light lilac colored stone, the best examples of which show uniform color throughout. Rose de France is founds mainly in Brazil, but healthy deposits are found in other parts of South America such as Bolivia and Zambia in Africa.
When properly cut, this lavender gemstone can drastically change color from red to blue. When viewed from different angles, a phenomenon called pleochroism.
Amethyst crystals are sensitive to sunlight, if exposed for too long, the color may fade significantly and this cannot be reverses. Prolonged exposure to moisture and heat can also cause the color to fade. Read more info about gemstone in details click here; Gemstone Guide
Types of Amethyst
Amethyst belongs to the quartz or silica family, like citrine. The only real distinction between these crystals is the color: Purple for amethyst and yellow for citrine. The color is due to the presence of iron in both crystals, but in the yellow citrine, the iron has oxidized a little more.
Amethyst and citrine are both forms of quartz and often occur in the same place. But rarely, when both colors of quartz founds in the same crystal, then the crystal also call as ametrine. It colored both citrine and amethyst with traces of iron, but the color of the zones visible inside ametrine is because of the different oxidation states of iron in the crystal. The different oxidation states occur due to temperature differences in the crystal during its formation.
February Birthstone – Clarity, Cut & Weight
Amethyst founds in very large flawless crystals and is labels as a type 2 gem, meaning that they are usually founds without any materials. Such as minerals, gases, liquids, or even other crystals trapped within during its formation (known as inclusions). For this reason, there is no need to buy an amethyst with visible inclusions, unless its color is exceptionally attractive.
Amethyst can be cut into almost any cut style and is uses in all types of jewelry, february birthstone rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, etc. Since amethyst is available in large clear sizes, it has cut into very interesting decorative pieces.
It is a hard crystal, so it has cut into circles, ovals, pears, cushions, awnings, and other crafts. If the quality of the color permits, its gives a magnificent form of emerald-cut or step cut gemstones.
Very few members of the quartz family can reach enormous sizes and have extremely few inclusions. Amethyst is one such quartz, and others include smoky quartz, citrine, and ametrine. For this reason, the price per carat rises steadily, rather than exponentially like some gemstones that are rarely founds in large, distinct sizes. It is possible to find fine specimens of amethyst that are clear to the eye (that is, without flaws or inclusions visible to the naked eye) in a 5 carat, 10 carats, or even larger gemstone.
Colored gemstones come in a wide variety of relative densities. For example, a 1 carat sapphire is significantly smaller than a 1 carat diamond, while a 1 carat emerald will be slightly larger. Because of this, we recommend buying gemstones like amethyst by physical size, width in millimeters. Rather than a carat weight, so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Healing Powers of Amethyst & Health Benefits
As recognized in the ancient world, amethyst can prevent or cure intoxication. In ancient times, such intoxication was mainly due to alcoholic beverages. Today, intoxication and addiction encompass a wide variety of toxic substances.
In addition to treating alcoholism, the February birthstone assists treat addiction to opioids, tobacco, and amphetamines. Also, it can help calm the temper of a person who is addicted to gambling, ‘adrenaline sports’, and sex.
Often referred to as a ‘natural tranquilizer, amethyst can calm the minds of hyperactive children and those suffering from obsessive-compulsive illnesses. The February birthstone can also cure insomnia and promote restful sleep.
Regarding the physical body, the February birthstone optimizes the endocrine glands and hormone production, while stimulating the sympathetic nervous system (the ‘fight or flight reaction). Amethyst also strengthens the immune system, promotes oxygenation of the blood, reduces inflammation and related diseases (especially arthritis), and helps treat the heart, digestive system, and skin.
The February birthstone is also used to treat and heal ailments of the etheric body. It offers physical healing and protection to the energy field that exists around each being. Amethyst performs this spiritual cleansing and removes darkness, leaving a shield of positivity and light in its place.
Imbalance and illness are not caused solely by environmental factors but are caused by one’s negative thoughts and emotional patterns. The February birthstone helps identify these harmful mental pathogens.
Amethyst’s connection to the Higher Self of wisdom and spiritual understanding makes it an excellent healing crystal for those grieving a loved one. The February birthstone encourages the release of pain by allowing us to understand that death is merely a transition of the spirit, now free from the physical body.
Did you know? Attributes of The AMETHYST
- Amethyst – the stone of February
- Durable and perfect for daily wear and use
- Alleviates grief and sorrow and replaces these thoughts with peace
- Dream memory, better sleep cycles
- Reduces tension and stress
- Can adjust to the body and its temperatures, tuning in to what is needed the most for healing purposes
- Cell revival increases metabolic rate
- Can fight diseases with its soothing presence, restoring the body’s energy
- Fixes relationships and renews excitement in partnerships
- Amethyst diamond signet rings were traditionally worn by church bishops.
- Help to inspire, harness the inner power, and stimulates the imagination
In conclusion, Amethyst is a well-rounded metaphysical stone that can aid with both mental and physical ailments. By reducing stress and worry, your mind and body will function more optimally.
Charge your Amethyst jewelry or stones in the moonlight to restore their healing powers. Lay your stone on the window sill. You may clean your stone in cool water, gently patting it dry. Amethyst can also be charged by soaking up the sun’s rays during the day.
How to Care for an Amethyst?
Amethyst shouldn’t be knock or dropped, because the stone may crack or break. They should not be rub up against tough surfaces because it may chip or crack.
Amethyst is powerful enough to resist chemical jewelry cleaner or be cleans with a professional cleaning cloth. When it is not wearing and enjoying, store your beautiful Amethyst away in a jewelry bag or box so it is safe.
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