Amethyst is the birthstone for February and is also the gemstone for the 6th and the 17th anniversary of marriage. While my birthday isnt in February, I do love the rich purple color of amethyst and my birthstone, citrine, is even in the same family as amethyst
Who has a February birthday? Rosa Parks, Babe Ruth, Jennifer Anniston, Abraham Lincoln and more.It is a purple variety of quartz but, the color can range from a light pinkish violet to a deep royal purple. It is a durable and lasting stone with a rating of 7 on the Moh’s hardness scale. This makes it an excellent option for jewelry. Amethyst can be found worldwide.
There is plenty of history and lore around this beautiful stone. While it is considered a semi-precious stone today, it was a “Gem of Fire” and considered a precious stone in ancient times – at times in history worth as much as a diamond. During the middle ages, amethyst stood for piety and celibacy and was therefore worn by members of the clergy. It was believed that wearing an amethyst ring would keep them well grounded in spiritual thought. In a similar story, during the renaissance, amethyst stood for humility and modesty.
Through history amethyst has also been worn by travelersto protect them from treachery and surprise attacks and it was also believed that it would keep soldiers from harm and gave them victory over their enemies.
Amethyst has been included in royal collections all over the world from ancient Egypt to the British Crown Jewels. Ancient Egyptians believed the stone would guard them against guilty and fearful feelings. Rumor also has it that amethyst was a personal favorite of Queen Catherine the Great of Russia.
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. even has an amethyst that weighs 400 pounds!
While the Naturally Wild Swap Shop doesn’t have amethyst as large as the Smithsonian has, we do have amethyst for trade. You can get polished stones, amethyst geodes and even cut gemstones ranging from 150 points to 8,000 points. There is also a beautiful amethyst geode cathedral on display.
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