Lucky you, if you have a birthday in February. The fabulous Amethyst is your birthstone. Not only does it come in delicious tones of purple from soft lilac through seductive lavender to the deepest mauve. This gemstone is instantly recognisable in its purple tones and amethyst continues to be prized as a premier precious gem. Amethysts are in the Crown Jewels, and have been found in jewellery dating back to the Neolithic period (c 4000BC) and feature in Greek mythology.
Amethyst is a purple quartz and a hard durable gemstone. Not often seen is the transparent green quartz which is called Green Amethyst, also known as Prasiolite. There is much discussion currently in the gem world that green quartz should not be called an amethyst.
I’m Not Drunk!
Amethyst comes from the Greek ‘amethystos’ meaning ‘not intoxicated’. And how many of us have claimed the same ?! So as the birthstone for February the amethyst is a very apt stone, following on from the excesses of Xmas and our rapidly lapsing New Year resolutions,
Well it gets even better. For thousands of years it has been believed that the amethyst not only helps in getting over drunkenness but it is thought that the stone can help with other forms of addiction, from alcohol, drugs, smoking to destructive compulsive behaviours, fears and cravings.
So, a piece of jewellery with amethyst in is an ideal present, not only for its inherent beauty but also for the connotations associated with the gemstone. From the soft tones of Lavender Amethyst, to the warmth of Rose de France and the rich jewel vibrancy of Zambian amethyst, this gemstone is loved and can be worn by men and women.
The amethyst is known as the Bishop’s Stone and is still worn by Catholic Bishops. The amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. It is thought the amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.
Grief and Emotional Stability
Amethysts are used in crystal healing to help heal personal losses and grief. Healers believe Amethyst has a gently sedative energy that can promote peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. It also is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength.
Insomnia and Headaches
If you’re an insomniac, sleeping with amethyst under your pillow is thought to help. Also, try rubbing the gemstone across your forehead to help with headaches.
Traditionally, healers have worn and used amethysts in necklaces to help with problems in the blood and for breathing problems.
Amethyst is regarded as a beneficial gemstone when dealing with legal problems and money issues, which can lead to prosperity and abundance, though it is not the best known prosperity stone.
Ancient Egyptians used the amethyst to guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It has been worn as protection from self-deception. Amethyst is also excellent for meditation and lucid dreaming. It is used to open one’s channels to telepathy, past life regression, clairvoyance, and communication with angels. Amethyst is believed to protect one from thieves, and to protect travellers, so it might be a good idea to wear one of my amethyst pieces when you next go on holiday. Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed.
I love the look of amethyst, and use it in many of my designs. From simple slip on and wrap around bracelets, pendants, and earrings, to more elaborate designs mixed with other gemstones and pearls. Amethyst is ideal as a gift, its colour suits all complexions, ages and sexes. Whether it’s a present or for your own personal collection, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the look, the colour and the individual look of every stone.