Did you know that the February birthstone is the lovely purple amethyst?
The gemstone, amethyst has quite a history! According to the Gemological Institute of America, “The name ‘amethyst’ derives from the Greek amethystos, which means ‘a remedy against drunkenness,’ a benefit long ascribed to the purple birthstone. Because of its wine-like color, early Greek mythology associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine. Amethyst was also believed to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted in battle and business affairs. Renaissance Europeans thought it calmed lovers overrun by passion.
Amethyst is the gem traditionally given for the sixth wedding anniversary. Wear it in celebration of your wedding nuptials or as your February birthstone and you’ll be in royal company: Catherine the Great (Empress Catherine II of Russia, 1729–1796) had a penchant for the gem and decked herself in amethyst necklaces, earrings, and other ornaments. The famous jewelry connoisseur Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (1896–1986), made a memorable statement when she wore a lavish Cartier-designed amethyst bib necklace to a gala in Versailles in 1953.”
Giving an amethyst is not only a treat for those with February birthdays, but for everyone. It’s such a beautiful color and it’s so versatile it can be worn with any outfit or style, casual to formal. If you are looking for earrings, bracelet, necklace or other piece of jewelry using this purple stone, stop in today. Check out our custom jewelry page to get some ideas of the kind of jewelry we can custom-make for you.
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