Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is also the stone to celebrate the 7th and 15th year of a marriage. One of the wonderful stones that show up as the treasure inside geodes, or in the cavities of granite rocks, and is formed all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Zambia. The quartz, whose color is most commonly recognized as purple, can also range from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple that can read more blue or red, depending on the light.
It’s name is derived from the Ancient Greek word, methustos, which means “intoxicated”. And the story is that the stone protected the wearer from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset and a quick wit.
A powerful and protective stone, it is said to guard against psychic attack, transmuting the energy into love and protecting the wearer from all types of harm and to:
Inner peace and healing
Healing of body, mind & soul
Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, and religions. A stone that has long been associated with royalty, as seen by it’s use during the Middle Ages as a stone that decorated the English regalia.
Some historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid. For those familiar with Old Testament history, amethyst was one of the twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel.
For many years, amethyst was held to be one of the most precious gemstones, often favored by royalty or exclusively by the clergy as a symbol for the deity of Christ. It was even held for many years in the same regard as the diamond. It wasn’t until the discovery of more abundant supplies of amethyst that it became a gemstone enjoyed by more than just the wealthiest buyers.
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. Other qualities like peace, stability, courage, and strength are said to be derived from this gemstone.www.americangemsociety.org
With a hardness of 7, on the Mohs scale, the same as other quartz, Amethyst makes a durable and lasting option for jewelry that can be passed from one generation to the next.
Stop by Seven Sisters Gallery, in Morro Bay, CA and try on some of our beautiful Amethyst pieces.