“The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear.”
This month’s birthstone, amethyst, is so much more than a beautiful purple gemstone. Some people believe amethyst has sobering qualities and was actually used in history to prevent people from becoming drunk.
Robyn Harton of CrystalsandJewelry.com shares the meaning behind this gem:
Alternate Names & Name Spellings: “Sobriety Stone”, light Amethyst is also called Cape Amethyst at times
Crystal Meanings Lore of Amethyst
Keywords: Psychic, Sobriety
Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace.
Amethyst is used as beneficial when dealing with legal problems and money issues, which can lead to prosperity and abundance, though it is not the best known prosperity stone.
In the psychic and spiritual realms, amethyst is an excellent all-purpose stone that can increase spirituality and enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds. It does this by making a clear connection between the earth plane and other planes and worlds. Amethyst is also excellent for meditation and lucid dreaming. It is used to open one’s channels to telepathy, past life regression, clairaudience, clairvoyance, and communication with angels. Amethyst also protects against psychic attacks, especially during spiritual work.
Amethyst is not only a psychic protection stone, but is also used to protect one from thieves, and to protects travelers.
Emotionally, amethyst is used in crystal healing to help heal personal losses and grief, bringing one gently past. Amethyst has a gently sedative energy that can promote peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. It also is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength. This stability and strength not only helps one hold firm in one’s life, but it can enhance flexibility and cooperation. To be flexible at need is a sure sign of strength.
Throughout history, this gemstone was used to protect people from getting drunk. Jewelrythis.com provides some interesting facts about February’s birthstone:
Fun facts about February’s Birthstone: The Amethyst
1. The word ‘amethyst’ comes from the Greek word, ‘amethystos’, which means ‘sober’. The ancient Greeks believed that the amethyst protected them from becoming drunk. In fact, the practice of drinking wine from cups made from amethyst originated from that belief.
2. The amethyst is a quartz stone of the purple variety and is the most valued member of the quartz family. Amethysts must be purple, but they can come in a variety of shades of purple, including lavender, lilac, and mauve. Their properties and textures change with the locations from where they are mined. The highest quality amethyst is a deep, medium purple with some rose coloring.
3. Amethysts can be found in many regions in the world, but most of these stones come from Brazil and Uruguay. Africa, Canada, Mexico, Russia, and the USA are also sources of amethysts.
4. In 1993, a nine-foot cavern was found in Maine containing more than a ton of amethyst crystal.
5. On the Mohs scale of hardness, the amethyst is a seven.
Aside from the interesting myths, legends, and beliefs about this gem, it was worn by royalty since purple is considered to be a royal color. This exquisite gemstone can be used to create the most beautiful jewelry as it can be found in different hues of purple.
Ali Brownrigg from Cut & Polish gives some examples of how this birthstone was turned into jewelry throughout history:
February Birthstone: Amethyst
This purple gemstone ranges in hue from violet to lavender, wine to raspberry, and has been worn as adornment by royalty and religious leaders for thousands of years.
There are many myths and legends surrounded gemstones that over time became associated with birth months, but amethyst has one of the most fantastical. Derived from the Greek word amethystos, which means, “not intoxicated”, and equated with Dionysus (the Greek god of wine known as Bacchus in Roman mythology), the stone was thought to protect the wearer against drunkenness. Chalices were often made from the stone, as were engraved medallions, worn to keep a clear head. Wishful thinking, indeed…
History also recounts that St. Valentine wore a carved amethyst amulet and that during the Middle Ages, the stone was given as a token of love and good fortune, perhaps solidifying it as the birthstone for the most romantic month of the year. Tibetan prayer beads are made out of amethyst, as are episcopal rings worn by Roman Catholic bishops.
Whether you want to wear this gemstone for it’s mythical qualities or because it’s your birthstone, this extraordinary gem can be displayed on a ring, bracelet, necklace, or pair of earrings.