Thursday, January 21, 2010
If you have a February birthday, your birthstone is Amethyst. Amethyst is an admired gemstone for even those individuals that do not have February birthdays.. This striking gemstone has been loved throughout history for its serene and soothing color. The purple shimmer of Amethyst makes a wonderful February Birthstone.
The Greeks alleged that Amethyst would stop them from becoming drunk and the word amethystos means sober. Amethyst was attached to Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, in view of the fact that it was common for early cups to be adorned with Amethyst. Even nowadays Amethyst is used to give a reminder to those who fight with an obsession to alcohol.
According to legends, Bacchus claimed that if any human would come up to him, they would be attacked by tigers. Amethyst, a mortal maiden was traveling to worship the Goddess Diana and Dianna knew she would have to walk near Bacchus to get to the shrine. Diana turned her into a column of clear quartz so she would be sheltered from the tigers. Bacchus felt awful after seeing what had occured and he poured wine over Amethyst in homage and it stained her purple.
Amethyst is a emblem of safeguard in many groups connecting it to addiction. Amethyst is generally said to provide vigor to its wearer to defeat any obsession. Traditionally, Amethyst is given as an engagement or anniversary ring since it is believed to make stronger love between two people. It is a mineral that will promote bravery and hence was worn into battle regularly.
Even in the ninth century Amethyst has been found in regal crowns. Purple was a tricky color to get because the tint was so expensive and hard to find. The color purple was held in reserve for royalty only and was integrated into royal jewelry and breastplates that were part of a king's armor. The Crown Jewelry of Great Britain frequently incorporated Amethyst as a main gem. The church has also enjoyed the exquisiteness of Amethyst. It emblematically is a symbol of godliness and holiness. It was found in crosses of the church and was used in ceremonies. Bishops regularly had the honor of wearing an Amethyst ring to confirm their station within the church.
Amethyst is found in rocks and is a member of the quartz family. It is regularly found in the United States, and can be frequently found in Sri Lanka, Namibia, Madagascar, Russia, Zambia, Brazil, Australia, and Canada. Amethyst's color can span from a dark purple, to a lavender color, to almost clear. The faceted gemstones are used in rings and polished cabochons are used as ornamentation in jewelry and other valued objects. One of the largest cut Amethyst pieces resides in the National History Museum in London and has 343 carats.
Birthstone jewelry set with Amethyst can be found as rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. It sets well in white gold as well as yellow gold or platinum. Because of its appealing purple color, Amethyst continues to be a perpetual favorite of both those born in February as well as many others.