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The beautiful amethyst represents February birthstone jewellery. Amethyst is hugely popular with deep purple hues that look stunning in rings, earrings, bracelets or necklaces. Extravagantly boasting the colour of royalty, amethyst comes in deep hues of rich violet purple and softer shades of lilac.
Our unusual and contemporary amethyst jewellery collections are a wonderful gift for a close friend or family member born in February. Why not treat your loved ones to a royal gemstone set in a unique, beautiful design? We handmade all our amethyst birthstone jewellery in our Ditchling workshops in Sussex, pop in for more gift inspiration.
Throughout time we have associated amethyst with royalty. Indeed, those in power were once the only few who could enjoy the beautiful hues of this alluring gemstone. Therefore, for some February birthstone jewellery represents inner strength and personal empowerment.
Amethysts traditionally carry many religious connotations, as well as royal. In the past we associated the deep purple colour with Christ. As a result, the Catholic Church clergy often wore amethyst as a symbol of piety and humility. This purple gemstone played a significant part in the Christian church with many Bishops’ rings asked jewellers to adorn their rings with the deep violet stone.
Folklore has it that amethyst prevents and protects the wearer from drunkenness. This is because some say its name originates from the ancient Greek word ‘amethystos’, meaning sober. In addition, Early Greek mythology linked the grape-like colour of amethysts to the wine god, Bacchus. Therefore, amethyst represented chastity, sobriety and control. Even during the Renaissance, amethyst stood for humility and modesty.
Amethyst is the most highly prized quartz and its physical properties vary widely. This makes it easy for experts to distinguish where the amethyst is from. For example, amethysts from Veracruz in Mexico tend to be a much paler lilac quartz. On the other hand, amethysts from Guerrero in Southwest Mexico tend come in much brighter colours.
Brazil and Uruguay are where we find most of the world’s amethyst today. However, in the past, Russia was their primary source before the discovery of large deposits in Brazil in the 19th century.
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