February's Birthstone - Amethyst

February's Birthstone - Amethyst

Celebrating a birthday in February?

February's birthstone is the amethyst, a gorgeous variety of quartz that is most commonly recognized to be a purple colour. However amethysts can actually range from light pinkish violet and lilac shades to a deep purple that can look blue or red depending on the light. 

Did you know the amethyst is not only February's birthstone but it's also used to celebrate 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries! 

The deep purple of an amethyst gemstone has long signified royalty and adorns many crowns and royal jewelry. It is meant to exude wealth and power with its warm and cool colour. It's the second most abundant material found in the Earth’s crust and gets its colour from irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements. The name comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the word methustos, which means “intoxicated.” Ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset!

I've got various shapes and colour tones of amethysts beads in stock so why not take a look at the website for options or if you've got a design idea in mind just contact me to discuss options and let's get creative! 

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