February Birthstone: Amethyst
February 3, 2011 by Jacki Christopher
Behold, the striking purple shade of the February stone—the amethyst. Valued for its exquisite color and feminine appeal, amethyst has an interesting story—read on to learn more about this sought-after stone.
The Story Behind the Shade Why is amethyst purple? Though scientists show that amethyst is a quartz stone that takes on a distinctive violet hue from organic materials present in the areas where it is mined, Greek lore offers a more exciting tale. According to mythology, Dionysus, the god of drunkenness wanted to capture the affections of a maiden named Amethystos, a word which means “not-intoxicated.” But his love was unreciprocated. Amethystos prayed to Artemis to remain pure and was transformed into a clear stone. In one story Dionysus drenches her with an offering of wine, which turns the stone purple. In another, it is his wine-filled tears that alter her pure shade.
Significance of Amethyst The amethyst stone is especially revered for its Biblical significance. In the book of Exodus, amethyst is listed as one of the twelve stones representing the twelve tribes of Judah. The stone is woven into the breast piece of judgment and the breast piece of Moses’ brother Aaron, to be worn when ministering and worshiping in the temple.
Later, in the book of Revelation, it is prophesied that amethyst will be one of the stones adorning the walls of the New Jerusalem. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst (Rev. 21:18-20).
A gemstone long favored by the ancient Egyptians and thought by the Greeks to ward off intoxication, Amethyst has a colorful history. Medieval soldiers believed amethyst had healing and protecting properties, so they often wore amethyst amulets when going into battle. Today it is the stone we use to honor those born in the month of February.
February Birthstone Amethyst Jewelry Gifts
The Art Deco Diamond and Amethyst Ring (pictured above) is the crowning jewel of our amethyst collection. Set in an art-deco styled band of 14K white gold, this piece pairs exquisite quality with sophisticated style. An exceptional February birthday gift for a very special woman.
Amethyst Stud Earrings are a gift for all styles in all seasons. Their simple elegance radiates against the cheek of the special wearer. These round amethyst gemstones are set in 14K white gold and are available in three different sizes.
The Amethyst Gemstone Solitaire Ring is a stunning ring available in up to two carats. Though simple and uncomplicated, this ring is bold and forward in its slightly larger size and in the strength and luster of its deep purple.
Green Amethyst: Want to honor your February birth, but purple isn’t your color? Green amethyst is a captivating, cool shade of green that is distinct, brilliant, and unexpected. Browse our line of fine green amethyst jewelry.
View our entire collection of February Birthstone Amethyst Jewelry here.
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