Amethyst Birthstone | About Amethyst Stones and Jewellery

Amethyst Birthstone | About Amethyst Stones and Jewellery

Amethyst The Birthstone of February

Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February. Today, amethyst symbolizes spirituality, mental clarity, and is used in many metaphysical practices. You can find this gemstone in a variety of colours from lavender to royal purple. If you’re lucky enough to be born in February, you won’t have a hard time finding an amethyst stone you like. 

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About The Stone

Royal purple and lavendar amethyst necklaces.

Shop the lavender amethyst necklace here.

Shop the royal purple amethyst necklace here

Amethyst is a natural gemstone often used for aesthetic or metaphysical purposes. The stone is thought to bring peace, stability, and focus for the wearer. Historically, amethyst was the gemstone of royalty. Today, amethyst gemstones are often used to protect against negative thoughts and energy. And if you’re born in February, amethyst is your birthstone!

Amethyst is a type of quartz, just like citrine (yellow quartz.) Because it’s a relatively hard stone, it’s more suitable for everyday wear.  

Amethyst comes in a variety of shapes and colours. It’s an incredibly versatile stone that can be cut into both smooth or natural textures. Most amethyst stones you see in jewellery today use a special heat treatment to achieve its notable purple colour. These heat treatments can make the stone darker or lighter in colour, and can even help remove impurities such as brown spots. 

Also Read: How To Clean Your Jewellery At Home 

Amethyst History

Amethyst rings with sterling silver bands and gold details.

Both of these rings were made by Ivan Dobren

The word Amethyst is derived from the Greek word amethystos, or “not intoxicated.” It’s said that Greek Gods would drink from amethyst goblets to prevent themselves from getting drunk. Throughout history, amethyst has had close associations with protection, like the example of the Greek Gods. Medieval soldiers even wore the stone during battle to protect themselves and stay focused. 

Aside from being a protective stone, amethyst is also known as the stone of royalty. The stone was once so expensive that it was more valuable than rubies and emeralds before the 19th century. 

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Spiritual Connections to Amethyst

Amethyst is associated with the root chakra in the crown. It can still be used to help stabilize other chakras as well. Oftentimes, in metaphysical practices, it’s used alongside other stones for this purpose. Amethyst is a very calming stone that can help with inner peace and personal confidence. 

The February birthstone is a useful stone for those with Pisces placements. For the sensitive and emotional Pisces, having clouded thoughts is a common occurrence. Relieving the root chakra with amethyst can help the Pisces connect with what they need spiritually and emotionally. 

For Aquarius placements, the stability and mental clarity amethyst offers can help can an Aquarius feel confident in their choices. Aquarians are known to embrace change but struggle with feeling self-assured in their ever-evolving life. Amethyst can provide the peace an Aquarius is looking for.    

Amethyst Birthstone Jewellery

Gifting someone with their birthstone is always a failsafe birthday present. It’s entirely personalized to them and celebrates their birthday. Because amethyst is such a hard, versatile stone, it can be used for almost any kind of jewellery. 

There are a number of ways you can gift someone with an amethyst birthstone.

Amethyst birthstone ring

Real amethyst rings

1. From Ivan Dobren's collection

2. Amethyst Hummingbird ring

3. From Ivan Dobren's collection

Amethyst birthstone necklace

Real amethyst necklaces with both light and dark-toned stones. Sterling silver and gold jewellery available. 1. Amethyst Lantern necklace

2. From Ivan Dobren's collection

3. Chandelier Amethyst necklace 

Amethyst birthstone earrings

 

Real amethyst earrings. Earrings on the left have a royal purple stone and earrings on the right have a lilac-toned stone.

1. Victoria Street earrings

2. Amethyst Flower Bud earrings

How To Care For Amethyst Jewellery

Amethyst stones are often heat-treated to permanently change their colour. However, you shouldn’t use heat to change the colour yourself or to clean your jewellery. Heat can damage the hardness of the stone, resulting in a more dull and brittle appearance. 

Amethyst ranks at 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. So although it's a relatively hard stone, there are some things you should do to maintain its colour and clarity.

Excessive heat and sun exposure can remove colour from the stone. Although this is a great stone to wear every day, try not to wear it in the shower or while you’re at the beach. If overexposed to sunlight, amethyst will fade to a yellow or brown translucent colour. 

Amethyst jewellery generally isn’t paired with harder stones like sapphires or diamonds. These gems can often scratch softer stones like amethyst. As such, you should also be careful about pairing amethyst with softer stones as well. 

To clean amethyst jewellery, we recommend using a soft brush and mild soap. Sonic cleaners can damage the stone with steam. 

See more of our amethyst jewellery here

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