Happy birthday, February babies! Your birthstone is gorgeous amethyst, a deep purple gemstone with a long history of spiritual uses.
What is it?
This unique stone is a purple variety of the popular gemstone quartz. Its name comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning “intoxicate,” because the ancient Greeks believed the stone protected its owner from drunkenness.
Its unique color, which ranges from light pinkish-purple to deep violet, is due to irradiation, impurities of iron and the presence of other trace elements. It’s a relatively hard stone, making it perfect for most types of jewelry. It’s prominently found in Brazil, as well as South Korea, Russia and Zambia. It’s even mined in some areas of the U.S., including Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Pennsylvania.
Did you know?
A popular myth about Bacchus, the god of wine, shows the reasoning behind amethyst’s connection with spirits. It was said that Bacchus released guardian tigers upon a wandering maiden before the goddess Diana intervened, transforming the maiden into a clear stone. Bacchus was seized with remorse and poured his wine over the stone, turning it a rich violet color. The maiden’s name, Amethyst, was quickly transferred to the crystal.
Amethyst has been a popular gemstone for centuries, with ancient Greeks and Egyptians both making use of the stone. Egyptians created amulets with the stone, with early jewelers producing classic, practical designs and later artists designing more complex works.
Throughout the Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate sacred spaces. Tibetans consider it sacred to the Buddha and often use it when creating prayer beads.
Did you know?
Legend says that St. Valentine donned an amethyst ring carved into a Cupid figurine. Because “chaste love” was highly valued in medieval times, and because the gemstone had a reputation for calming passions, the two were a match made in heaven.
Best known for its ability to keep wearers grounded in spiritual thought, this unique stone is thought to protect, provide an aura of peace and enhance meditative state. As a stimulator of the Third Eye and Crown Chakras, it is also thought to initiate greater understanding and develop psychic ability.
Much like the zodiac signs it’s associated with, amethyst is believed to enhance creativity and strengthen the imagination. It is often used to help guide meditation and recharge its wearers.
Want to embrace this gorgeous birthstone? Treat yourself or find the perfect gift with Shane Co.’s wide selection of high-quality amethyst jewelry.
This geometric Amethyst Necklace in 14k Rose Gold features one emerald cut gemstone in a beautiful bezel-set design. Paired with our signature shade of 14k rose gold, this simple and elegant piece makes a memorable gift.
Keep it simple with this Round Amethyst Pendant in Sterling Silver. Two round gemstones take center stage in this lovely pendant, hanging from an adjustable 20-inch cable chain made from high-quality sterling silver.
This Morganite, Amethyst and Diamond Circle Pendant pairs two shades of our February birthstone with one oval pink morganite gemstone and 21 round diamonds for a sweet circle design on a 14k rose gold chain.
Five beautifully cut gemstones meet 10 round diamonds in this stylish Amethyst and Diamond Ring in 14k Rose Gold. The unique design features trillion, pear, cushion and round cut stones for a playful style she’ll love to wear.
Bracelets and Earrings
These vibrant Amethyst Dangle Earrings feature four round amethyst gemstones hand-matched for superior quality and prong-set in our quality sterling silver. Buy it as a gift or treat yourself to a special pair.
For a dazzling night out, these Amethyst and Diamond Dangle Earrings are nothing short of perfect. Made with 14k white gold, two light purple gemstones are surrounded by 48 brilliant round diamonds for ultimate sparkle.
This Amethyst Bracelet in Sterling Silver makes a unique gift, with 22 round gemstones in a prong-set design. She’ll want to wear it every day!
To see our entire selection of jewelry featuring the gorgeous February birthstone, visit us online at ShaneCo.com.