If you were born in February, you’re very lucky to have the birthstone amethyst. The gemstone has fascinated people for thousands of years. If your birthday is in February, wearing amethyst can be a symbol of personal empowerment.
Birthstone Meaning And History
The name amethyst comes from the Greek amethystos, which means “a remedy against drunkenness.” The belief was that drinking from a cup carved of amethyst or wearing the stone in any way would prevent the wearer from drunkenness. It was also believed to give the person wearing it a clear head and allowed them to be quick in battle. Royals have always admired the purple hue and amethyst can be found in collections of royal families. Amethyst is also something traditionally given for a sixth wedding anniversary.
Where is Amethyst Found?
Until the 19th century Russia was the major source of amethyst. Today the most important sources are South America and Africia. Amethyst is also found in the United States but the hot summer temperatures, lack of water, and power at the mine make it challenging to mine amethyst.
How to Care For Amethyst Jewelry
Too much heat can affect the color of your amethyst jewelry, so make sure to be careful how much heat it is exposed to. Warm soapy water with a soft brush works great for cleaning amethyst jewelry at home. It is also a good idea to bring your jewelry in to be professionally cleaned every so often.
Shop Amethyst Jewelry
Take a look at some of our beautiful amethyst jewelry! All of these are available to order online or stop by our downtown Pensacola store for these pieces and many more!