February's Birthstone - Amethyst February 08 2016, 0 Comments

February's birthstone amethyst is a variety of quartz, as are an awful lot of things. It comes in various shades of purple and violet from very pale to dark. I have occasionally seen a very pale almost pink form called Rose de France, which is similar to rose quartz but slightly more blue. 

The name comes from ancient Greek, the stone is associated with the god Bacchus, and the name is a reference to the fact that apparently wearing the stone can help protect from drunkenness.It has been used in jewellery since ancient Egyptian times, and was often carved into elaborate intaglio gems. 

Medieval knights wore amethyst amulets in the belief they would protect the bearer from injury and keep the wearer cool headed. If worn whilst sleeping the stone is thought to reduce anger and impatience.

Orbit ring with amethyst in 9ct yellow gold

Amethyst used to be very precious but recently large deposits have been found and it can now be quite affordable. I offer amethyst as an option in most of my stone set rings, it is gorgeous with both gold and silver.