With its enduring charm and timeless adaptability, amethyst makes a splendid choice for an engagement ring to symbolize your unique relationship. Its profound meanings and symbolism can add a touch of magic to your proposal. Exploring and appreciating these symbolic attributes can aid you in determining whether it's the ideal ring to beautifully represent your journey together.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
In this guide, we will explain the following:
- What is Amethyst?
- Amethyst Meaning
- Amethyst Symbolism
- Clarity and Sobriety
- Zodiac Sign By The Month: Aquarius and Pisces
- Amethyst Color
- Amethyst Structure
- Amethyst Mines
- Amethyst History
- Amethyst Popularity
- Amethyst Anniversary
- Other February Birthstones
What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is a variety of quartz, but rather than a clear stone, it is purple from iron impurities in the crystal structure as well as the effects of different types of irradiation.
Because of its widespread availability, amethyst has been given many symbolic meanings and associations since it was first used as an ornamental stone or talisman. In ancient Greece and Rome, amethyst crystals was believed to serve and represent as an antidote or preventative to drunkenness or intoxication. In Europe, deeper purple amethysts were reserved for royalty.
Other qualities associated with amethyst include piety, humility, sincerity and wisdom, as well as spirituality. The stone represents faithful love and chastity, along with sincerity, calmness, patience and peace.
Some cultures consider amethyst a protective stone that guards against negative energies and psychic attacks. One of the primary reasons for amethyst's protective reputation is its believed ability to ward off negative energies, including negative thoughts and emotions. It is thought to create a protective shield around the wearer, preventing the intrusion of harmful vibrations.
• Clarity and Sobriety
Amethyst's connection to clarity of mind and sobriety can be seen as a form of protection. It is thought to help individuals make clear-headed decisions and avoid succumbing to addictions or unhealthy behaviors.
• Zodiac Signs By The Month: Aquarius and Pisces
Today, amethyst is not only associated with the February birthstone, but is also a symbolic gem for the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Pisces.
For those who love the glamour of Hollywood and royalty, you can enjoy an amethyst ring knowing it is a favorite of many celebrities and royalty. This style has adorned the fingers of top names including Kate Middleton, Queen Sylvia and Halle Berry.
The shade of purple can range from the lightest lilac to deep, rich purple, and may also have blue or reddish undertones in the color resulting from other trace elements in the crystal. Deeper colors with reddish tones are the rarest and most highly valued, but all shades of amethyst have their own distinctive beauty.
Because of the uniform crystalline structure of amethyst, the carat weights of these stones can be quite large and dramatic. This means that smaller stones are generally much more common and less expensive, but amethyst is highly valued when it reaches large carat weights with relatively flawless structures.
Amethyst is mined all over the world, with productive mines found in Brazil, Uruguay, South Korea, India, Zambia, Austria, Russia, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Canada. In the United States, these purple stones are mined in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition to all these major mining sites, amethyst can also be found in smaller quantities in many other locations around the world, making it widely available for all types of jewelry. Amethyst was once considered one of the cardinal precious gemstones, until large deposits were discovered in Brazil in the 1700s, at which time the crystal was "demoted" to semiprecious gemstone.
Long before amethyst stones were cut, polished and faceted to be mounted in jewelry, the stones themselves were engraved and carved into protective figures and amulets, even as early as 2000 BC. The carvings were often used on goblets and scepters, or smaller carvings were fashioned as beads for rings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants.
Today, amethyst is popular in a variety of jewelry settings. Large, dramatic amethyst stones are often mounted alone and can be very impactful in a simple piece of jewelry, or these stones are mounted with diamonds or other accent stones for additional glamour. This gem is popular in Art Deco rings and jewelry, and is often found in all types of gold settings, including not only classic yellow or white gold, but also rose gold and two-tone designs.
In addition to rings, amethyst is popular in necklaces, brooches and earrings, and it is possible to find lovely matched pieces of amethyst to create complete sets of coordinating jewelry with the beauty of this stone.
Amethyst is also considered the anniversary gem for the sixth and seventeenth wedding anniversaries. In healing practices, amethyst is said to help promote the healing of wounds and brings clarity.
Other February Birthstones?
Because of its versatility, amethyst is the only widely recognized birthstone for February, but there are other gems casually associated with this romantic month as well. Blood-stone and garnet are occasionally considered alternate February birthstones depending on the classification, and other gems are associated with different star signs in the month, including agate, sapphire, ruby, opal, and turquoise. Still, amethyst stands alone as the most popular option and the go-to stone for celebrating special days in February.
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