Everyone’s favorite purple gem is celebrated this month: amethyst! Whether you’re a February baby or you just like jewelry, read on to learn more about this widely-loved stone:
History & Meaning
Amethyst is a form of quartz, another widely known stone. When quartz is yellow it is called citrine, when it is green it is vermarine, and when it is purple it is amethyst.
Amethyst was first celebrated in Ancient Greece. Greeks believed the gem would protect its wearer from the wrath of the wine god, Dionysus. Put more simply, they believed amethyst could help people overcome drunkenness. The gem’s name comes from the Greek word “αμέθυστος”, meaning sober.
Later in history, amethyst took on a more Christian significance. The bible has many references to amethyst, and the stone is oftentimes worn on the rings of Bishops. Other clergy wear amethyst as a symbol of purity and strength. Amethyst has been a favorite of royal families, as well. Both the British and Russian royal crowns contain amethyst.
Amethyst today still has significance. Many believe that the gem can heal people in a detoxifying way. For example, some people swear they relieve headaches, while others say it alleviates physical stress on their body. Who knows, it might be worth a try!
Even if it doesn’t have mystical powers, this birthstone is still a lovely accessory. Whether it’s a necklace, earrings, or a non-traditional engagement ring, these stones are popping up everywhere. It’s not very surprising, though! Amethysts are available in a wide variety of shapes and pigments. Their hues range from bright to soft, but always remain gorgeous. Additionally, the purple color looks good with all metals and other kinds of gems. If you’d like to buy a piece with this lovely birthstone, check out Nelle & Lizzy’s birthstone jewelry page.