This quartz stone is a soothing purple, emanating both warmth and stability. This is helpful during the sometimes-trying winter month of February when a bit of colour is needed to break through the winter grey. The stone is often also associated with courage and peace.
History of Amethyst
The early beliefs about the amethyst is that it could protect the wearer from losing their wits from drinking – the word amethyst is partly based on the Greek word “methustos” which translates to “intoxicated”. In fact, some wine chalices were actually carved from amethyst in centuries past, and even during modern times.
There are early religious ties to the Amethyst, as they were worn on the rings of Christian bishops. The stone is also the symbol of Saint Matthias, a disciple believed to have replaced Judas after his betrayal of Jesus.
Royal families around the world have long treasured the amethyst as part of their collections.
Amethyst Can Range in Size
They can range in size, and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. has a specimen that weighs a whopping 400 pounds.
Along with being the gemstone associated with February births, it’s also commonly linked to the 6th year of marriage.
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