Amethyst: February’s Birthstone

Amethyst: February’s Birthstone

Were you born in February? Your birthstone is the stunning amethyst. With its vivid, deep purple colour, the gemstone has been associated with Valentine’s Day. Like sapphire, amethyst has been worn by members of royal families across Europe and Asia for centuries. If you have a birthday coming up in February, why not celebrate it in style by treating your loved one to a beautiful piece of amethyst jewellery?

Our article covers everything you need to know about amethyst, February’s birthstone.

A Brief History of Amethyst

Amethyst has long been associated with many religions, legends, myths and cultures. Its origins can be traced as far back as Ancient Rome and Greece. 

The first discovery of amethyst was found as early as 2000 BC. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with the following over the past several centuries:

  • In the Old Testament, amethyst was one of the 12 gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel. 
  • According to legend, Saint Valentine had worn a carved amethyst ring, with an image of Cupid, dedicated to the most romantic day of the year

For decades, the gemstone was favoured by both royalty and the clergy, as a symbol for the deity of Christ. Over time, more amethyst deposits were discovered, making it a much-loved and more affordable gemstone. Also, amethyst is the gemstone for celebrating your sixth wedding anniversary. 

Where is Amethyst Found?

Amethysts are found in large geodes, within volcanic and sedimentary rock. The geode is formed when a large crystal grows either in an open space or cavity. 

Historically, Russia delivered the majority of the world’s supply, until the 19th century, when large deposits of amethyst were found in Brazil. Today, most of the world’s amethyst supplies are found in South America and Africa. The gemstone can also be found in North America, Asia and Europe, in France, the United States and Sri Lanka.

What is the Meaning Behind Amethyst?

Throughout history, amethyst has been associated with several meanings. The gemstone’s name is derived from the Greek word Ametusthos, which means ‘not intoxicated’. Some of the meanings associated with amethyst include:

  • Getting rid of evil thoughts.
  • Removing any negative energy.
  • Protects you from insomnia and nightmares.
  • Promotes serenity and quick wit.

Where is Amethyst Rated in Terms of Durability and Hardness?

Amethyst is rated 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it more durable than many gemstones, such as Peridot and Tanzanite. However still make sure to remove your Amethyst jewellery before doing any activities, such as sports, DIY and more.

What Colour is Amethyst?

Purple is the colour that’s commonly associated with amethyst. However, you can find it in a range of different hues, ranging from a pinkish violet to a deep, vivid purple. Some amethysts may have tinges of red or blue within the gemstone. 

Treat yourself to a mesmerising piece of amethyst jewellery from Diamond Heaven. Struggling to find an amethyst eternity ring or pair of earrings you like? Book an appointment at one of our showrooms across the UK today. Our diamond consultants are on hand to assist you with choosing the perfect amethyst gift you’ll love.