We've just rolled into February...the month of hearts and flowers and all things love...and also the month of amethyst jewelry. That's right...this beautiful purple stone is the birthstone for arguably the most romantic month of the year (and the zodiac sign of Aquarius).
A purple quartz stone, a divine blend of violet and red, the amethyst can be found all over the world, although the largest quantities come from Brazil and Zamibia. The finest amethysts in history were found in Russia and was used in most royal European jewelry (and now we know why they call purple the color of royalty).
Amethyst jewelry – truly legendary
Even the name "amethyst", derived from the Greek "amethystos" which means "not intoxicated", is steeped in myth; one such myth says that the wine god Bacchus, angered by a mortal who denied him acknowledgement, vowed to avenge himself on all mortals who did not partake in his gifts of wine and drunkenness. The unfortunate first mortal to be encountered was a beautiful young maiden named Amethyst, who was on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. When Bacchus had ferocious tigers set upon her, she prayed to Diana for protection and was turned into a clear, white crystal. Humbled by remorse over his cruelty, Bacchus wept and his tears turned the crystal purple.
There are other versions to this story, explaining how this semi-precious stone acquired its color...all of which will be appreciated by those who love the stone and are charmed by the legends of ancient civilizations.
The powerful amethyst
Throughout history, the amethyst's principal power has been to ward off drunkenness. Ancient Romans and Greeks routinely studded their cups with amethyst, if they didn't carve the entire goblet out of it. It was also believed to curb ones passions by wearing it on the body, especially over the navel. It was used religiously by Catholic bishops in rings to protect them from mystical intoxication.
The amethyst was also believed to be of great power in spirituality and was used as a meditation aid and for astral traveling, as well as a being a protection stone that shielded the wearer from witchcraft. In divination, an amethyst represented coming change, while the color itself was associated with divine connections. Psychologically, the amethyst prevents self-deceptions, calms ones emotions and creates internal harmony.
Healers often wore amethysts as it helped direct and focus the healing energy. The people who needed the healing would hold a piece of amethyst during the healing, while another piece would be placed on the afflicted area – it was very useful for heart and lung ailments. It was also used for relief from digestive tract problems, skin problems and hearing issues.
The healing properties were not restricted to people alone. It was also used with plants and animals and was placed where plants would not grow or animals would not sit, and was even used to counteract negative energies in buildings or places that felt hostile.
Amethysts also had more mundane uses. As a stone with an incredible calming effect, it was used to soothe the wearer and even mitigate obsessive compulsive behavior and hyperactivity in animals and small children. Placing it under a pillow ensured gentle dreams, especially for those with recurrent nightmares. Amethyst clusters would be used around the home to keep the air and life force pure and positive.
The contemporary amethyst
Even in today's world, the amethyst is widely held to be a very spiritual stone and is beloved for its metaphysical capabilities. It is still said to hold the wearer in the Light and remain centered and spiritually directed. While heightening psychic sensitivity, it also leads to greater wisdom, intuition and creativity. It also acts as a stone of comfort for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one and to relieve depression.
Amethyst and Valentine
There is a deeper connection between the amethyst and February than just a mere birthstone. The amethyst is the stone of faithful lovers as it was the stone of St. Valentine, who was believed to have worn it in a ring, engraved with the image of cupid. For these lovers, the stone depicts a deeper and more soulful communion that forms in relationships over time. For those in love, it can be worn as an eternity band and for those who yearn for their lost love to return, it can be worn as a locket close to the heart!
For the February born and in love, this is the perfect combination of a birthday and valentine's gift. And even for those not yet in love, nothing could be more perfect than amethyst jewelry at this dawn of the new year! Here are some pieces that we think could be perfect for you:
Bulgari Mediterranean Eden Yellow Gold Amethyst Turquoise Earrings
Victorian Silver Diamond Amethyst Necklace
Victorian Silver Diamond Amethyst Earrings
Bulgari Mediterranean Eden Pink Gold Ceramic and Amethyst Necklace
These are just a mere few of our amethyst pieces available. As an authorized dealer for Bulgari (which has a fair amount of amethyst jewelry), and considering our own constantly changing inventory, we are sure to have some pieces that will appeal to you in the way that only true jewelry lovers really understand.
Please contact us if you have any questions or need any assistance. And definitely if you've never purchased amethyst jewelry before...we'd love to help you on your way to building your collection!