Amethyst is the February birthstone, for those of you that missed the reference above. It is part of the quartz family and definitely one of the most popular colored gemstones. Ideally, Amethyst should be a deep, rich purple, but it is also seen in much less saturated, very pale tones, sold as Rose de France. A lot of amethyst is mined in Brazil and the gorgeous stone is affordable and often available in large sizes. So, if you’re the type that loves a killer, eye catching cocktail ring of 10 carats plus, this could be a stone for you!
Throughout history there has been a lot of lore and superstition surrounding the stone. “The name amethyst derives from the ancient Greek word amethustos, meaning sober. It was said that an amethyst could prevent the bearer from becoming excessively drunk and also instills a sober and serious mind. It was believed that if a person drank from a cup or goblet made entirely of amethyst, he or she would not get drunk at all.” (1)
“Throughout the ages, powerful and rich monarchs have used Amethyst as a symbol of royalty, and some Amethysts even decorate the British Crown Jewels. Rumor has it that Amethyst was a personal favorite of Queen Catherine the Great of Russia. Historically, the stone was believed to assist prophecy and visions and to bring riches and powers to its owners.” (2)
Well, on that note, I’m going to put all of my amethyst jewelry on! Riches and power, HERE I COME!!!
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