February Birthstone - Amethyst!
Throughout history, amethyst has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed this gemstone could ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus and keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. English regalia were decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolise royalty.
Amethyst jewellery has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC.
There are many wearers of amethyst throughout history and even today prize the gem for its symbolism as well as its beauty. Leonard da Vinci once said that ‘Amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and get rid of evil thoughts’.
Today, many wearers simply prize the amethyst gemstone for its beautiful shade of purple and the way it complements both warm and cool colours..
Caring for your Amethyst
Amethyst can be safely cleaned with warm soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe except in the rare instances where a stone is dyed or treated by fracture filling. Steam cleaning is not recommended, and amethyst should not be subjected to heat.
Origin: Brazil, Zambia
Known to offer: Protection, humility, spiritual wisdom and stress relief
Myth: Was kept as a talisman as it was believed to counteract the effects of alcohol.