Forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Amethyst
February’s Birthstone Amethyst represents courage, intelligence and calm
Story of February’s Birthstone Amethyst
February’s birthstone amethyst translates in Greek to ‘amethystos’ which means ‘not drunken’ or ‘sober’. Some believe that amethyst can inhibit intoxication in all who wear it!
How are Amethyst’s Formed?
Amethyst is a quartz which is found in cooled lava.
History and Meaning of Amethysts
Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance artist and scientist believed that wearing an amethyst could increase intelligence.
Amethyst is associated with royalty. In folklore a dream of being an amethyst is thought to bring good look and a dream of giving an amethyst is thought to be a symbol of forgiveness of the recipient.
Colours of Amethysts
Amethysts come in a huge array of purples from a reddish purple to a bluish lilac. The most prized amethysts are a deep true purple which is what I’ve used in my new birthstone Satsuma amethyst studs.