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The Birthstone for February: Amethyst

What is the Birthstone for February?

For those lucky enough to have a birthday in February, Amethyst is your birthstone. Amethyst has long been associated with royalty across the globe.

But what do you know about the birthstone of February? Are you curious about the healing properties of amethyst? Read on to discover everything you need to know about the history and meanings of the amethyst gemstone

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Amethyst - History, Meanings and Origins

Amethyst is the purple gemstone which is part of the quartz family. The history of the birthstone for February is influenced by Ancient Greek legends. Did you know that Amethyst comes from the word amethystos, meaning not drunk in Ancient Greek?

According to Ancient Greek legend, drinking from cups crafted in amethyst helped to prevent drunkenness. The amethyst gemstone is also associated with Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. This is due to the reddish-purple colour of the gemstone.

The birthstone for February has always been popular among royalty and purple is the most regal of colours. In Ancient Egypt, amethyst was used as a gemstone for engraved gems.

In more modern times, amethyst has been admired by royalty from both Europe and Asia. The vibrant purple colour has long been an attractive feature among royals

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What Colour is Amethyst?

Amethyst is well-known for its striking purple colour. But did you know that the amethyst gemstone can range from a light purple to an intense royal purple?

The most valuable amethysts are a reddish purple with no brown overtones. You may also be surprised to hear that amethyst can come in a rainbow of colours too such as green amethyst. Purple amethyst is the colour which is most strongly associated to the birthstone for February.  

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Green Amethyst:

Did you know that amethysts can also be green in colour? Green amethyst, also known as prasiolite, is a yellowish green to green gemstone that can occur naturally or by carefully heating an amethyst gemstone.

Green is a very popular colour and combines well with both silver and gold, making it a lovely gemstone for birthstone rings, necklaces and bracelets. Many believe that green amethyst brings happiness and good luck to those who wear it. Green Amethyst is often worn in rings, earrings and other birthstone jewellery.

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Where is Amethyst Found?

Before the 19th century, the amethyst gemstone was mainly sourced from Russia. Nowadays, amethysts are mined in Brazil, Africa and South America. The US is also a major producer of amethysts, particularly in Arizona. You might be surprised to know that amethyst is also the official gemstone for the state of South Carolina.

Amethyst - Special Properties and Meanings

Do you celebrate a February birthday? If so, you might be interested to know about the hidden meanings and special properties of the amethyst gemstone. 

Traditionally, some believed that amethyst provided inner strength to those who wore it. Amethyst is believed to symbolise strength and personal empowerment. The birthstone for February also promotes calmness and clarity.

As a healing stone, it can help encourage good sleep and relaxation. As well as the birthstone for February, amethyst is commonly given to mark sixth and seventeenth wedding anniversaries.

How To Clean Amethyst - Top Tips:

 Use a soft polish cloth to look after your jewellery

 Avoid steam cleaners, chemicals and water

 Store in soft anti-tarnish pouch to keep your amethyst shining

February - Find Your Birthstone

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