18 February 2018

Amethyst Crush for February Birth Babies

One of the most revered stones for centuries, amethyst crystal is one of the most treasured variety of quartz. With its stunning tones of violet-purple and its rich history saturated with medieval lore and legendary powers, few crystals are as distinctive as arresting amethyst.

Today, amethyst is classified as a semi-precious stone but throughout history, many ancients regarded it as a "Gem of Fire", worth as much in value and beauty as a diamond. Believed to carry energies of passion and fire, creativity and spirituality, amethyst has always been associated with the month of February and the Roman water-god, Neptune.

The name 'amethyst' derives from the Ancient Greek word "amethustos"which translates to "not to intoxicate"; a reference to the Greek myth of the wine god Bacchus. Ancient Greeks attributed amethyst as a violet hue protecting them from overindulgence and intoxication. Those who drunk wine from goblets encrusted with amethyst were thought to be protected from inebriation and negative energies.

Moreover, ancient civilisations such as the Greeks and Romans regarded Amethyst as a stone synonymous with luxury. High value was placed in the stone of amethyst which is why it was often cherished by royalty and highlighted in their crowns, jewellery and sceptres.

Members of religious clergy also wore this stone in rings and cross necklaces in a similar way of protecting them from mystical intoxication; signalling their allegiance to Christ and their dedication to celibacy and piety. Both in its spiritual and religious significance, amethyst was reputed for its abilities to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence as well as creating an atmosphere of calm protection and quietude.

With its crystal trigonal system, amethyst remains to be one of the most famous violet varieties of quartz. As a result of iron and aluminium deposits and natural irradiation, the purple colour of amethyst ranges from light lavender lilac, reddish-pinks to bluish hues of intense and cool royal violets. Amethyst is also known to display angular zones of dark to light colour zoning throughout its structure with a vitreous lustre and a translucent transparency.

With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, amethyst is a popular choice for a variety of jewellery styles due to its durability and impressive clarity.

Found in as many places as Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, Austria and Africa, amethyst retains a wide consumer appeal as a wearable talisman of healing and transformation power, promoting loving and positive energies for its wearer.

The traditional birthstone for those born in February and the gemstone representative of the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries, amethyst utilises fire energy to ignite emotion, passion and warmth to promote a sense of sincerity.

With its calming effects, it is no wonder that amethyst is referred to as the "couples stone" of St. Valentine, giving way to a deeper connection and united harmony between lovers.

Love, Sarah

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