If you’re looking for a gift for someone born in February, consider the February Birthstone, Amethyst. It is a fairly common stone hand has been used in jewellery since the Ancient Egyptians.
Amethyst is quartz crystal in shades of purple, lilac or mauve. It is a stone that traditionally guards against drunkeness! The word amethyst is from Greek and means “without drunkenness”. It is also said that it can protect from poison.
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.
Properties of Amethyst
As well as providing us with some stunning jewellery, there are lots of people with strong beliefs in the mystical and spiritual properties of Amethyst.
Among it’s many properties, Amethyst is said to help insomnia. Put an amethyst under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams, or rub it across your forehead to offer relief from a headache.
The ancient Egyptians used Amethyst to guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It has also been worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft. Amethyst has a long history of being used to open the spiritual and psychic centres. It is also used as a meditation aid when worn as a necklace.
Some people within the spiritual community believe that Amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.
The Bishop’s Stone
Amethyst is also the Bishop’s Stone and worn by Catholic Bishops to this day. In this use, Amethyst is a symbol of piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom.
Amethyst for Healing
You will often see healers wearing several pieces of Amethyst jewellery, especially an Amethyst necklace set in silver. This is said to focus energy. The person receiving the healing may also have an Amethyst to hold during the healing
February Birthstone From LoveTaliesin Jewellery
You can see an ever changing selection of semi-precious jewellery set in 925 silver on our craft fair and sales stalls. See our calendar page to find out where we are going to be.
Our semi-precious jewellery range includes some stunning hand-made Amethyst pieces.
You can also find the February Birthstone in our Swarovski Crystal Elements range on the stall and here on the website. The deep purple colour known as Heliotrope is a great match for the darker Amethyst colours.