Settling into the month of February can be daunting – it has likely been awhile since you’ve smelled fresh-cut grass or felt the warm sunshine on your skin, and the gray skies of winter are really starting to get old now. The February birthstone, Amethyst, is exactly the vibrancy and splash of color that we all need right about now. And if you’ve been tuning into The Crown (along with the rest of America) and getting in touch with your inner-royalty, this intoxicating purple stone could bring this fruition to life – Amethyst was restricted only to royalty at one time, after all.
Let’s talk geology.
Amethyst is a true globe trotter – it is formed in the hollows of granitic rocks with deposits found in Brazil, Bolivia, Russia, United States, Zambia, India, Madagascar and more. This world traveler of a gemstone is the most treasured and highly valued stone within the quartz family, namely due to its stunning purple color that it gets from iron and aluminum impurities (GemSelect). This a great stone for jewelry because of its durability (coming in at a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale) and for the great variety of sizes and shapes in which it can be found.
Intoxicatingly beautiful, sobering power.
The ancient Greeks are responsible for giving this gemstone its name, originating from the Greek word amethystos, meaning “sober” (The Old Farmer’s Almanac). Amethyst was believed to bring sobering protection from Dionysius, the god of intoxication. It can be found in the British Crown Jewels and was the chosen gem for Catherine the Great and other Egyptian royalty (American Gem Trade Association). The purple hues of this gemstone have been linked to various cultures, religions and legends throughout history, dating as early as 2000 BC. For years the Amethyst was held in such high prestige that it was decorated only royal families and clergy as a symbol of Christ and for a period of time was considered of equal value to the diamond (American Gem Society).
Lay it out in lavender.
In addition to its striking beauty, the healing and positive energy that emits from the Amethyst stone has kept it in high regard for so many centuries. Combining meditation with this gemstone can yield incredible results, allowing you to connect deeply to your inner feelings and develop a profound understanding of yourself. Stimulating the crown chakra, which aids in centering and calming your thoughts, makes this an even more powerful benefit when incorporated with meditation. The February birthstone has incredible healing powers, helping to naturally relieve stress and anxiety by attracting positive natural energy to the body and acting as a shield that emits an aura of spiritual light around the individual and deflecting ill wishes from others (Energy Muse).
To gift or not to gift?
We say definitely gift. Amethyst is a great gift to give to someone celebrating a February birthday or for someone that is in need of spiritual protection. And our 20k Amethyst cocktail rings set with Diamonds, Emeralds and pink Sapphires, available at Albert’s Fine Jewelers in Miami, would be a great gift for anyone, yourself included, simply for its beauty or just because you deserve to be treated like royalty, whether you were born to the purple or not. According to our own Dakota Badia, “Purple is such a strong and calming color. Also, green amethyst can be a nice alternative to those who don’t love the intensity or boldness of purple.”