If you have a February birthday, or are shopping for someone who does, you should know that this month’s birthstone is rich in history and meaning.
Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful gemstone that can be found in many in purple shades ranging from pale lilac to deep violet. Amethyst is a symbol of peace, protection and tranquillity and it’s said to bring you calm and serenity.
The Amethyst gets its name from Ancient Greek. Because of their grape-like colour, the Greeks associated these gems with the wine god, Bacchus. The stone is believed to protect its wearer from intoxication. The Greeks and Romans even created drinking vessels from the gemstone to prevent drunkenness. According to gemstone law, if you wear amethyst jewellery it will keep you clear-headed and clever.
Amethyst’s are also used to celebrate the 6th and 17th year of marriage.