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February Birthstone

AMETHYST

The name “amethyst” derives from the Greek amethystos, which means “a remedy against drunkenness,” a benefit long ascribed to the purple birthstone. Because of its wine-like color, early Greek mythology associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine. Amethyst lore also includes several claims to mystical powers, including that it would convey strength and wit to those who wore it. If you celebrate a February birthday, wearing an amethyst can be a symbol of personal empowerment and inner strength.

Amethyst from Brazil sometimes forms in hollow, crystal-lined geodes so large you can stand in them! Size is something you can go big on with amethysts- large sizes are not usually priced significantly more per carat than smaller sizes, making it a good choice for bold jewelry designs. In addition to size, look for a strong reddish purple to pure purple, with no brownish or bronze-colored tints when shopping for an amethyst. If the stone becomes too dark in tone, it might look black under dim lighting.

Amethyst has enchanted kings and queens for many centuries. Now you know how to buy a royal gift for your love with a February birthday! Amethysts are also traditionally given for the sixth wedding anniversary.

Healing: Considered the gemstone of meditation, peace, balance, courage, and inner strength
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius (Jan20- Feb 18), Pisces (Feb 19- March 20
Found: Originally Russia was the main source of Amethyst. Now they can be found in Brazil, Africa, South America, Canada and in the US in Arizona and North Carolina.

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