Birthstones are gemstones that accompany a birth month, each having a unique meaning and historical significance. The popularity of birthstones dates back to ancient times when civilizations believed that gemstones had incredible powers such as luck, health and prosperity. Traditionally, each month is associated with a single gemstone, but there are a few months with multiple birthstones.
I would like to pay your attention on the February birthstone- Amethyst gem.
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed Amethyst would ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, and keep the wearer clear headed and quick-witted. For centuries, Amethyst has been associated with many myths and legends as well as religions in numerous cultures. English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.
Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethysts were found in Russia and were featured in royal European jewelry. Amethyst has been and remains one of the most popular stones, that has been used in many jewelry in nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Russian stone has always been considered the best because in artificial light a reddish tint was observed. However, amethyst can have a variety of shades ranging from pale lavender to purple (Siberian amethyst), in which bursts of purple color observed in facetted cut. Homogeneous deep violet color stone is more expensive than a pale lavender. Furthermore, amethyst is a little bit dichroic, i.e. its color or a bluish or reddish according to the angle of view.
Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.
Due to its unique color combinations, amethyst will complement any outfit you wear from the very morning till the late evening, which will make your days special and unforgettable. Available in difference shapes and sizes, it looks fabulous set in both yellow and white metals. So being romantic and passionate, amethyst gemstone jewellery makes a thoughtful and personal birthday gift.