Celebrate your February birthday with birthstone amethyst in your jewellery. We see lots of people wanting it in their customised jewellery – even if they are not born in February! First, let’s understand a little bit about this glorious birthstone.
History of February birthstone amethyst
The Greek word ‘amethystos’ means ‘not drunken’; for this reason, many wine goblets were carved out of amethyst, and the ancient Greeks also wore the gemstone as an amulet to ward off drunkenness. The modern-day version (we think!) would be to wear an amethyst cocktail ring, as we’ve blogged about here.
Where does amethyst come from?
The most common-known term or reference is to ‘Brazilian’ amethyst; large deposits are found in the Rio Grande do Sul and Para parts of Brazil. In addition to this, amethyst is mined in other gemstone-producing areas such as Canada, Madagascar, Myanmar, Namibia, Russia and Sri Lanka.
What does the birthstone amethyst represent?
Other than the historic reference to sobriety, thanks to the ancient Greeks, amethyst has also thought to have been a gemstone associated with healing headaches, backaches and pancreatic problems.
What do amethyst & citrine have in common?
They are related! That’s correct, amethyst and citrine – the birthstone of November – are sisters! They share the same mineral structure of quartz; the only difference between the two is the oxidised level of iron impurities in the amethyst. When amethyst is heated between 470 – 750 degrees celsius, these impurities can turn turn amethyst into golden citrine.
Green amethyst as a birthstone
This title actually isn’t quite right but it’s the terms that most people understand. What you may know to be green amethyst is actually correctly titled mint quartz, or prasiolite or vermarine. But if you referred to this beautiful green necklace below as green amethyst when talking to your friends or family, they would know what you meant.
Technically speaking, green amethyst isn’t a birthstone – but if you wanted to bend the rules a little so you could wear this beautiful gemstone, we wouldn’t object!
Which celebrities wear amethyst birthstone jewelry?
Amethyst is a popular choice of of jewelry for celebrities – it makes for a colourful pop against the more usual choice of diamonds, emeralds and rubies that we see at the various awards ceremonies. Here we see Debra Messing wearing some amazing Lorraine Schwartz cabochon (polished) amethyst and emerald chandelier earrings at the Golden Globes 2012.
Image: via cherylkremkow.com
However, this 80 carat amethyst ring from Lorraine Schwartz again, being worn by Zoe Saldana at the Academy Awards is our pick.
Image: via alanfriedmanjewelry.blogspot.com
Amethyst is not expensive in the gemstone world – not when we consider the price of the traditionally-considered ‘precious’ gemstones of diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies – but what we see here is very rare in size. There is a very simple equation in jewellery, where the more rare and hard to source a gemstone, the more its price. We’ve covered similar topics in our blog post here.
I’m looking for other February birthstone amethyst jewellery ideas
Including amethyst in your jewellery is easy at StyleRocks. Whether you’re looking for it to have meaning as your birthstone, or just because you love it, the fact you can customise your jewellery at StyleRocks makes it all too easy!
Particularly popular is this cushion checkerboard amethyst ring set in 9ct rose gold
And for the men, these rectangular cufflinks set with amethyst are popular too.
Which item is your favourite?