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Amethyst is a variety of quartz which is the birthstone for those born in February – also known as the month of love!
This enchanting, purple stone is said to be the most powerful and protective of the semi-precious gemstones. Its primary purpose is to soothe the mind, it has a calming energy to balance emotions and a protective spirit that wards of negative energy. For those who struggle with tension, insomnia, anxiety, and other spiralling thoughts, Amethyst is a unique healing gem that provides sweet relief.
Throughout history, amethyst has been associated with many myths, 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 embellished with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. Amethyst jewellery has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC.
Some historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid, thus amethyst being the birthstone of February – the month famously known as the month of valentines day.
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.