With February and Valentine’s day right around the corner, it might be a good idea to start thinking about gifts. One beautiful gift for someone born in February would be a piece of custom jewelry with their birthstone in it.
The birthstone for February is Amethyst, which is a very pretty purple color, this is based on the month you were born, not your astrological sign.
Facts and Legends about Amethyst
Amethyst is the only gem whose color displays all of the violet hues from the deepest purple to the lightest lavender.
Purple is considered a royal color, therefore it has enjoyed an historical significance as a sign of power.
Top quality Amethysts appear in the British Crown Jewels today, and were also found in the custom jewelry of Egyptian Royalty.
Amethysts were also a favorite for the Christian Church, and were referred to as “the stone of Bishops”.
The origin of the legend of Amethyst comes to us from Greek Mythology. The God of intoxication, Dionysius, was angered by an insult from a human and vowed to get revenge on the next human that crossed his path. He was to have tigers carry out his wish for vengeance. Amethyst was a beautiful maiden on her way to pay tribute to the Goddess Diana when she crossed the path of Dionysius, to save Amethyst the Goddess Diana turned her into a statue of pure crystalline quartz. Dionysius cried tears of wine in regret for what he had done and his tears stained the quartz purple, thus creating the purple gem.
Healing Powers of Amethyst
The healing powers of gems are mentioned for centuries by shamans, medicine men and healers, but still remain a controversial subject.
Amethyst is related to stability, balance, courage, inner strength, a calm disposition, sincerity, and peace. It is thought that anyone who wears Amethyst will be free of sleeplessness, headaches and arthritis. Amethyst is also known to help with circulatory disorders, relief from pain, and to prevent addictions.
Amethyst is traditionally given as a gift on the sixth wedding anniversary, but custom jewelry with an Amethyst is also perfect for a February birthstone gift, or a Valentine’s gift for anyone you love at any time.