Harness the Power of Purple

February 18, 2014

in Beauty,Fashion

February babies have something special to celebrate. Amethyst, a beautifully colored gemstone, just happens to be the birthstone for the month of February.

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According to the International Colored Gemstones Association, amethyst, a violet variety of quartz, has been coveted for centuries by royalty and even religious figures. Amethyst has even been described in religious teachings as a symbol of the Spirit of God by Moses. These violet stones have been worn in priestly robes, and the Russian Empress Catherine the Great commissioned miners to search for more amethyst in the Ural Mountains of Russia. A large amethyst is among the closely guarded gemstones in the British Crown Jewels.

Amethyst stones are purported to carry various powers. The ancient Greeks believed they protected against intoxication. That is why the stone is named for the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning sober. Wine was often served out of amethyst goblets to prevent overindulgence in the beverage. Even today people who are trying to overcome addictive behaviors are known to carry amethyst stones.

Some also view amethyst as a symbol of spirituality and piety. The stone has been used as ornaments on crosses and in various religious ceremonies. A 15th century Papal ring is said to have amethyst stone on it.

Amethyst was once considered more valuable than diamonds. Those who wear amethyst jewelry should take heed that the stone can change color to yellow or brownish red when heated. Some amethysts are also pale or colorless in daylight and can lose their color with extreme exposure to sunlight. Therefore, wearers should not wear amethyst while sunbathing or when they are exposed to ultraviolet light.

Amethyst jewelry can make anyone feel like royalty. It may be a fitting birthstone for February, when people are looking to overcome adversity or avoid the perils of overindulgence during Mardi Gras or Super Bowl festivities. It also makes a perfect symbol of love and affection for Valentine’s Day, as some believe amethyst strengthens the bond of love in a relationship.

Shoppers can find amethyst jewelry stores throughout the year, but certain pieces may go on sale in late January and into February to take advantage of birthstone gifts.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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