February’s Birthstone: All About The Amethyst

As experts in the trade, we love to share our knowledge with our clients who want to sell jewellery to us. Learn more about the magnificent amethyst, which is this month’s birthstone.

The amethyst is a deep purple form of quartz, believed by the ancient Greeks to prevent drunkenness. (Its name literally translates to “not intoxicated.”) Because of this, the ancient Greeks and Romans would decorate goblets with it, hoping that when they drank wine, they would not become overly inebriated. The ancient Egyptians were also fond of it, and many ancient Egyptian tombs were decorated with amethyst. In the middle ages, Europeans used it to ward off evil spirits, and even bishops wore rings embedded with it.

There is a Greek myth about the origin of the amethyst gemstone. Amethyst, a pure and innocent maiden, was pursued by Dionysus, the god of wine. He was angered when she refused his affections. When she cried out for help, Artemis transformed her into a glistening white stone to save her. Dionysus was overcome with remorse when he realised the error of his ways. He cried, and his tears dripped into his goblet, overturning it onto the stone, which was drenched in the dark purple colour of the wine. And that’s the story of how amethyst came to be!

The amethyst has been prized for its positive effects for thousands of years. It was believed to increase intelligence, prevent injuries in battle, give a hunter good luck when in pursuit of game, help a warrior to win a battle, ward of contagious diseases, and fend off demons. That’s a lot of good properties!

Nowadays, however, the gemstone is prized for its beautiful colour and clarity, and is associated both with the month of February and with the sixth wedding anniversary. Ranging from a very pale pink to a deep purple, this stone can be found all over the world, with the world’s biggest producer being Brazil. Its characteristic hue is caused by ferric inclusions or impurities. The colour, however, is very unstable, and can fade with protracted exposure to sunlight.

The most valuable amethyst stones are the ones that are very dark purple in colour. These are called “Siberian” stones, even if they originate in Mexico or Zambia. Less valuable stones are called “Uruguayan,” and the ones of even lesser quality are dubbed “Bahain.” The really pale amethyst gems are called “Rose of France” stones.

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