birthstone February: Amethyst
Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February, and it is a beautiful purple gemstone that has been prized for its beauty and symbolism for centuries. The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek word "amethystos," which means "not intoxicated." The ancient Greeks believed that wearing amethyst would protect the wearer from drunkenness.
Amethyst is a variety of quartz, and its purple color comes from the presence of iron and manganese in the crystal. The color can range from pale lavender to deep violet, and the most valuable amethysts are a rich, deep purple color.
Amethyst is found all around the world, with major sources in Brazil, Uruguay, and Zambia. The gemstone is relatively hard, with a rating of 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
In addition to its beauty, amethyst is also believed to have healing properties. It is said to help with stress and anxiety, promote calm and clarity, and even help with addiction. Amethyst is also associated with spiritual growth and enlightenment.
Amethyst has been used in jewelry and decorative objects for thousands of years. It was a favorite of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and it was also popular during the Victorian era. Today, amethyst is often used in rings, pendants, and earrings, and it makes a beautiful addition to any jewelry collection.
Whether you're a February baby or just love the deep, rich purple color of amethyst, this gemstone is a great choice for any occasion.