What is the Birthstone for February?
The February Birthstone is Amethyst.
A gemstones that symbolizes a person's month of birth in the Gregorian Calendar is called a Birthstone.
Where Does the Amethyst Name Come From?
The Amethyst is a violet kind of quartz often used as an ornamental stone in jewelry. Amethyst was derived from the Ancient Greek words "a" meaning not and "methustos" which means intoxicated.
Historical Uses of Amethyst
The amethyst was originally used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglios (engraving) and jewelry. They made inscriptions on it and sold it at high prices to those that could afford it as this distinguished the wealthy from the poor.
There are some ancient communities that believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication while some European soldiers wore the amethyst as amulets for protection in battle. There were graves in England to prove that the Anglo-Saxon civilization wore beads of amethyst. It is a basis to the belief that the precious stone protects the owner from being drunk or drunkenness. Ancient Greeks and Romans wore the Amethyst and incorporated it into cups to drink from in the belief that it would prevent them from becoming intoxicated.
Amethyst amulets were also worn by warriors in medieval Europe because of its healing power. They believed it symbolized good luck and could protect them in battle. The Anglo-Saxons believed it could provide protection in the afterlife, so they decorated the graves of their dead with it.
The Colour of Amethyst
Amethyst is a beautiful purple colored gemstone and is a violet kind of quartz. During the 20th century, amethyst's color was proven to be caused by the presence of manganese. Since it is capable of being changed and discharged by heat, the color was believed by some researchers to come from an organic source.
The colour of amethyst occurs in primary tones from a light pinkish violet to a deep grape purple. The amethyst can exhibit one or two secondary hues, blue or red. Deep Siberian is the ideal grade and has a primary hue of 75% to 80%. There are several descriptive terms that have been coined in the gem trade to describe the color of the amethyst. The "Rose de France" is a pale pinkish lavender or lilac shade.
Recent research has shown that amethyst's coloration is caused by ferric iron. There are also some studies that show the presence of iron and aluminium also influence its color. When exposed to heat, the amethyst becomes yellow and much of citrine or yellow quartz is said to be merely burnt quartz.
The Chemical Structure of Amethyst
The amethyst is composed of an irregular superposition of alternate lamellae of left-handed and right-handed quartz. Research shows that the structure may be due to mechanical stresses. Since it has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs Scale, the amethyst is suitable to be used for jewelry.
Where Amethyst Deposits are Found
The amethyst is produced in abundance from the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. It occurs in large quantities in volcanic rocks. The amethyst can also be found in South Korea.
Some of the Metaphysical Properties of Amethyst
Below are some of the supposed metaphysical properties of the Amethyst gemstone:
• It is a very powerful stone with a high spiritual vibration. Someone wearing an amulet made of amethyst can gain protection from any evil force on spiritual grounds. High spiritual energy will attract a corresponding physical energy. When you are optimistic, you will have positive results and a feeling as if you have a supernatural being watching over you.
• It removes negative emotions and brings positive results. It is used by business people and diplomats when they need to close a deal or make negotiations. Having an amethyst nearby helps calm angry temperaments and gives them an edge over their contemporaries. Positive energy comes with it thereby removing any negative emotions like the feeling of stress, grief, guilt, depression, jealousy, anxiety, frustration, and fear from the body.
• It is called the stone of Divine grace because it helps you detach your happiness from the outcome of all of your endeavors because you feel the powerful supernatural presence. That is a feeling of real strength.
• It helps calm nerves, it uplifts the soul and increases focus. Necklaces made from amethyst heightens the state of consciousness and meditation for the person wearing it. Improves concentration when you have work to do and can’t do it with a sound mind. It helps curb addiction for those trying to stop smoking or other forms of substance abuse.
• It resonates with the crown and the third eye chakra. It improves empathy which is one of the major qualities of a good spiritual teacher or healer. The comforting, positive vibrations of energy from the stone, communication with a spirit becomes easy, without stress. It helps maintain both spiritual and physical balance and improve inner peace that’s why it’s called the Stone of Transformation.
• It has great healing & cleansing capabilities. Drinking from an amethyst cup helps cleanse the blood, boosts the body immune system, and improves body metabolism for those always having a running stomach. It helps stimulate the functioning of the endocrine system thereby enhancing sex drive for married couples, increasing hormone production for reproduction and good blood circulation.
• The gem helps to overcome addictions & blockages of all kinds. It serves as an elixir in the treatment of arthritis.
• It is a natural tranquilizer as putting it under a pillow or resting place can help with insomnia for both humans and animals.
• It increases spiritual awareness, psychic sense and guards against psychic attack. Psychic vision, intuition, and inspiration can come from holding the amethyst stone in your hand for just a few hours every day. Most clairvoyants employ this knowledge for psychic hearing.