Amethyst is the birthstone of those born in February. Because among lovers of precious stones and gemstone. The association of these with the months of the year and the signs of the zodiac goes back to a tradition that is centuries old. Since ancient times, owning a jewel with a precious stone was like owning something intimately linked to your personality. Or also protector in people’s lives. The idea that birthstones influence people was already formulates in a list by an organization.
If you celebrate your birthday in February, amethyst is your birthstone. Amethyst is one of the oldest and best-known types of quartz, and its intense violet color casts a spell over us. The main sources of amethyst at the moment are Russia and Brazil. Whereby we place great value on fair and conflict-free origins for both amethyst and all other gemstones.
The Origin of the name of the Amethyst and its Properties
The name of the amethyst stone comes from the Greek “amethystos”. What does “not drunk” mean? Because this stone was considers as an antidote against drunkenness. It is the zodiac stone for those born this month. That is, under the symbol of Pisces, between February ninety and March twenty.
Amethyst symbolizes peace, peace, and temperance. In addition, properties such as limiting sensuality and alcoholic intoxication are attributes to it, neither more nor less. They say that it enhances the quality of your skin and your hair, it can even prevent baldness. An these stone in your jewel can protect you from deceit. Because its purple shade is links to royalty and is a perfect gift, for your sixth wedding anniversary.
What color is the February birthstone?
Like many of the most well-known gemstones, the name amethyst is uses to indicate a specific color frequency between purple and violet. However, there is more to the color palette of the February birthstone. The hue (all colors on the color wheel) and tone (lightness or darkness of the hue) of amethyst vary quite a bit. It can range primarily from a light pink-violet to deep violet, with red and blue tones sometimes also appearing.
These colors can be as light and subtle as to be almost indistinguishable. Or so dark as to render the gemstone opaque. The lighter colored amethysts find their way into commercial production of mass market jewelry. While the premium reddish-purple color is reserves for high end designer jewelry. The “Siberian Amethyst”, a deep purple color variant with flashes of red and blue, fetches the highest price on the market.
Many creative descriptions are used to enliven the amethyst color field:
- ‘Orchid’ and ‘Lavender’ for lighter styles
- ‘Raspberry’ or ‘Plum’ for reddish colors
- ‘Grape’, ‘Indigo’ or ‘Royal’ for darker colors
Amethyst commonly exhibits what is known as “color zoning” in which the saturation of purple varies throughout the gemstone.
One of the many skills that a lapidary (gemstone cutter) must have when working with amethyst is to cut the stone. So that the final product has a homogeneous color. If the it has a very distinct color zone, it can be cut to characterize the color zone rather than avoid it.
Amethyst can also be dichroic (showing two different colors when viewed in different lights or from different angles) in reddish-purple or bluish-purple amethysts.
When heated, amethyst turns yellow-brown, yellow-orange, or dark brownish. Incidentally, Brazilian amethyst is often heat treated to produce citrine and ametrine (a mixture of amethyst and citrine with purple and yellow or orange hues) when partially heated.
Its Application in jewelry
Amethyst is the most appreciated variety of quartz. The most perfect is dedicates to carving for jewelry, the rest are uses for objects of art and decoration. Different terms are uses in jewelry to describe shades. That is why we find “Rosa de France”, for the light lilac amethyst, “Siberiana” for the dark violet amethyst with red sparkles.
It should be noted that there are mixed gems between amethyst and citrine. Also called “ametrine” or “Bolivianite”. And when the it is heated, it turns yellow and is sold as ‘citrine’, a very rare variety of quartz.
In conclusion, we hope that this content has taught you more about this wonderful gemstone guide.
Are there other February Birthstones?
Before the 1912 Jewelers of America list of birthstones, hyacinth (the old world name for zircon) and pearl were considers February birthstones in addition to amethyst. Today, it is widely recognizes as the primary and exclusive birthstone for this month. Those born in the Aquarius zone of this month can adopt Garnet as their birthstone.
Today, some wearers believe that amethysts can help with more increased spirituality, restful sleep, pleasant dreams, safer travel, and repulsive negativity. And are considers a symbol of security, sincerity, and peace of mind.
February is a month that symbolizes the second step into a new year and all the energy and excitement that arrives from change and growth. Amethyst calms an active mind, purifies the body and mind, and connects us to our higher self.
A permanent form of quartz, this calming gemstone in all its glory and charm makes a superb choice for February birthstone jewelry. Amethyst is plentiful, but only the best quality will suffice. Always look for a reputable online store from Gemistone Jewelers to ensure you get the very best birthstones at the best prices.