The luscious, berry-toned Amethyst has long been associated with February as the official birthstone (February birthstone) for the second month of the year. Amethyst had been considered a birthstone along with the hyacinth and pearl up until the early twentieth century, when a national jewelers’ association congregated to compile an “official” list of birthstones. Amethyst was selected to represent February by the National Association of Jewelers in Kansas, and has done so since then. Though representing the month of passion and love (with Valentine’s Day landing square in the middle of February), the rich purple quartz birthstone was employed by the Ancient Greeks to fight off drunkenness, both literally and metaphorically. Often called the “Sobriety Stone”, the amethyst birthstone still carries a connotation of drawing inner strength, courage, and sincerity into the wearer’s life. Helping those born under either the Aquarius or Pisces astrological signs to be more independent, innovative, and have stronger relationships.
There have been many powerful and miraculous feats attributed to this lilac birthstone. It was rumored that the birthstone could protect crops against infestations, especially locusts, ward off negative energies, bolster intellect, and assist hunters and warriors in both of their battles. Pliny wrote that wearing this birthstone on a cord of dog’s hair would protect against a snake bite—this author wonders at the authenticity of that particularly; is the stone warding off the snake or the poison?
However, the Ancient Greeks and Romans probably had a closer idea to how the stone worked by crushing the quartz birthstone and adding it to thinned wine so that the weaker drink would retain the deep berry tone of full-throttle wine. Goblets and other serving vessels would be made from amethyst, and the purple birthstone would also be worn or carried as a talisman to possess its warding power. So much so, at one time, only royalty was given “permission” to wear the jewel. Clearly, this precious birthstone has strong energies, which can display or enhance mental and physical prowess in the face of temptation or fear. While it can generate a sense of calm or focus, it can also provide great protection against mental weakness or the force of others. In fact, one of the most popular origins of the amethyst’s power and color comes from a Greek myth featuring Dionysus, god of spirits and celebration, and his revenge against Artemis by attacking a maiden who worshipped her, named Amethyst. Before Dionysus’s tigers could attack, Artemis protected her loyal maiden by preserving her in sparkling quartz. Upon seeing the maiden trapped in the stone, Dionysus poured his wine over the petrified form, giving the crystal stone its luscious, berry tone.
It is often cited that the vibrant lilac color is what draws people to this precious birthstone, alongside the natural power that quartz contains. Do not let the beauty of the amethyst birthstone fool you, no matter how light the shade of purple. The quartz birthstone can bring power, balance, and strong energies to the one who carries or wears February’s official birthstone. Due to its appearance in geodes and tumbled stones, amethyst also enjoys a strong popularity among mineral collectors. Keep an eye out for the rare prismatic and large geode deposits for collecting luxurious cuts of this precious birthstone. Many intellectual mineral collectors keep geode cuts and rich amethyst deposits around for maintaining mental focus and a balanced mindset.
The rich range of jewel tones that amethyst fits within, from a deep red-violet to a pastel lilac shade, most likely solidified its status as a birthstone among those twentieth century jewelers. In comparison, the hyacinth and pearl are typically associated with one color. Not to mention, the pearl would be chosen as one of June’s official birthstones. Additionally, the amethyst birthstone is noted as one of the twelve stones applied to Aaron’s Breastplate, referred to Ahlamah and inscribed for Dan’s tribe, which appeared in Exodus, and which ultimately formed the basis for the entire birthstone concept as we currently know it. Clearly, the amethyst birthstone has a long, nuanced history as a precious stone holding deep meaning among generations of people. Today, the amethyst birthstone stands as the official gem of South Carolina, and several Carolinian amethysts can be seen within the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
Though this lilac birthstone is considered common, for being found worldwide, there are certain locales known for certain kinds of amethysts. If one is looking for well-shaped, rarely faceted quartz crystals, stick to the Mexican locales of Las Vigas de Ramirez, Piedras Parado, and Amatitlan in Veracruz and Guerro, respectively. Plates of “stubby crystals” can be mined from Guanajuato. One will need to travel even farther south to find amethyst-lined geodes; large deposits have been mined from the Rio Grande do Sul near Minas Gerais, Brazil. Artigas, Uruguay is another geode-rich locale to mine one’s favorite birthstone. Ametrine, a citrine-based amethyst, is best found in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Jumping across the Atlantic Ocean, amethysts can also be found in the regions of Namibia and South Africa within the Goboboseb and Erongo mountain ranges and Mkobola district, respectively. Birthstones made from African Amethyst fit along the range of purple hues and often appear in a spiky overgrowth that generates the nickname “Cactus Quartz.” Dark amethyst stones have also been mined from Siberia and Russia’s Ural Mountains, while amethysts in pastel tones have been discovered recently in Hungary.
Have no fear, though, as not all amethyst birthstones are imports. North America— Canada and America, specifically—has its own share of amethyst deposits for mining. Thunder Bay, Ontario, is best known for an amethyst with an internal coating of red hematite, an interesting introduction into the quartz family, and the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia is home to pebbles of water-worn amethyst found lying lazily along the beach. Maybe taking a birthday trip to go rock-hounding in Nova Scotia can get a February-born boy or girl the lucky happenstance of taking home a “free” birthstone! Mining for amethyst in America is a successful effort, as well—across the country, in fact: Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Maine, North and South Carolina, Rhode Island, and New Jersey, and recently deposits have turned up in Georgia.
It is apparent that this lovely, purple birthstone has a long history and what will certainly be a robust and bright future, based not only on its inherent beauty, but on its accessibility and the strength of energy it provides the conscientious bearer.
About The February Birthstone:
The amethyst birthstone is a member of the quartz mineral family, and while it is well known that there are a wide variety of quartz stones, it may not be as well known that there are a variety of amethyst stones, as well. One—ametrine, a combination of amethyst and citrine—was mentioned above, but it is the clear, vibrant purple version of the stone that was selected as the official February birthstone back in the early 1900s. The birthstone’s most well-known association is to ward off drunkenness or other metaphorical mental weakness, like temptation and aimless infatuation. In fact, the amethysts’ very name is based on the Greek phrase meaning “not drunk” or “not intoxicated”: a-methystos or amethystus. It is this very basis in soberness or sobriety that creates a foundation for the other associations made with wearing or carrying this birthstone: mental focus, innovation, and stronger interpersonal relationships.
Even though other birthstones can appear in shades of purple, like January’s garnet birthstone, amethyst is the birthstone most associated with the shade of purple. In fact, its color commonly displays an effect called zoning, reflecting angular ranges of darker to lighter color within just one birthstone. Also, as the color purple is most associated with power and royalty, there was once a mandate in place that directed only royalty could adorn themselves, their scepters and crowns with the precious birthstone.
An interesting note, though, that among the types of amethyst that exist, like its parent stone quartz, amethyst is technically in its purest form when it’s colorless. But gemstones among this family can appear in a range of natural colors. This is an untold treasure to the February-born who may not like or feel a connection to the purple birthstone.
Sometimes amethyst will merge with milky or clear quartz to create the aptly named Amethyst Quartz, which may have the distinctive color of each stone banded together, or blended—with the purple appearing to be “on top” of the white. This particular type of amethyst may also be called Brandberg or Chevron, depending on what shapes the bands make around the stone. The Brandberg and Chevron versions of this birthstone provide strong boosts of energy, acting as a talisman toward healing and opening the spiritual channel, respectively. When an amethyst stone mixes with citrine, called ametrine, it becomes a unique hybrid of yellow-orange and purple where there is a clear division in the color zoning. This hybrid may also be called “Cactus Quartz,” referenced above and mined in South Africa. The Lavender amethyst is the palest version of the birthstone, and the Canadian and Veracruz amethysts are the red hematite-infused and prismatic amethysts, respectively, described above. When amethyst mixes with the phosphate mineral cacoxenite, it generates a dark stone with hints of brown-yellow and purple-red. This combination is said to spur high levels of creativity and spiritual calm. A rare form of amethyst sees it mix with rutile or goethite, an iron-based mineral containing brownish crystals. This combination helps the birthstone bearer enhance one’s connection to the earth.
Based on what we’ve seen so far, it is no surprise that the amethyst birthstone is considered one of the master healing crystals among alternative healers. While it provides the bearer with a unique spiritual energy, urging one into a spiritual state of being, this lavender-toned birthstone can also act as a natural tranquilizer, infusing the bearer with focus, calm, and a lighter mood. This precious birthstone can also be gifted to those who struggle with memory, selfishness, and a lack of guidance. If there’s any truth in the lore that amethysts could even help tame wild beasts, maybe you know a new parent or struggling business student who could use a new set of birthstone cufflinks or earrings.
Most especially since it has such deep ties to wine consumption and intoxication!
All jokes aside though, going back to the Ancient Greek legacy of February’s birthstone, it is the traits of the loyal maiden, Amethyst, which are enhanced for whoever carries the stone: temperance, dedication, and gentleness. And it is Dionysus’s regret for (or awareness of, depending on perspective) Amethyst’s quality traits that forced him to pour the sumptuous berry beverage over the crystal that protected the maiden from his unforeseen attack. In homage, of sorts, to the richness of her character, which is (implicitly) now preserved within each amethyst mined from the around the world.
And, this nearly makes the intended nature of the precious birthstone stand in stark contrast to its sumptuous and seductive lilac, lavender, or deep raspberry color.
Further, it is no surprise that the color is associated with power and royalty, because Old World royals from Moses to Russia’s Catherine the Great held the amethyst in very high regard. The former declaring the stone “a symbol of the Spirit of God” to be worn by the High Priests on their official robes, and the latter sending thousands of miners into the nearby Urals to plumb the deposits. Being sober and keeping the devil of temptation at bay are arguably some of the best traits to have on the eve of the Lenten season. Mardi Gras, indeed!
The amethyst birthstone definitely has international roots, as briefly explored above, with the biggest deposits currently coming from South America, Brazil and Uruguay, namely, with Madagascar, across the Southern Atlantic, also being a major player in the exporting of amethysts. But, in the vicinity of the Russian amethyst deposits, the German-based Idar-Oberstein gemstone center garnered a name from their own local amethyst deposits, exploiting raw materials taken from the Austrian-Italian border, near the Zillertal Alps. Eventually, these mines were tapped out, and those German gem cutters immigrated to South America, preserving their art and tradition by introducing it to a brand new continent. The amethyst birthstone is even revered in Far Eastern traditions, appearing in Tibetan rosaries as a dedication to Buddha and an enhancement of mental clarity. And, amethysts in Sri Lanka appear much as they do in the Bay of Fundy, after rolling downhill and being sifted from among whatever detritus joined them.
Amethyst birthstones are not just falling out of the sky, though; don’t be fooled. Several of those stones slipping out of the ground in Canada and Sri Lanka aren’t at gemstone quality. And, typically, amethyst deposits are quite large when they are happened upon. Back in 1900, in the Rio Grande do Sul excavation, an “agate almond” that weighed nearly ten metric tons and measured over 30 by 15 by 10 feet is assumed to be the largest discovered deposit to date. One piece from this excavation is preserved in the Washington Museum and weighs in at just over 440 pounds. American excavations still make headlines, as well. Back in the early 1990s, a nearly 10-foot cluster of amethysts was found in Maine providing over 2200 pounds of potential amethyst birthstones!
Meaning of The February Birthstone:
The Ancient Greek lore of the amethyst birthstone was first recorded by the French poet Remy Belleau, or ‘invented’ depending on your perspective, sometime in the sixteenth century, detailing the turbulent love affair between the Roman god Bacchus (Greek: Dionysus) and the loyal servant of the more chaste Diana (Greek: Artemis). The god of intoxication, in this version, was pursuing the young Amethyste and she returned that attention by spurning the god’s passion. She called on Diana in prayer to save her from the unwanted affections, and the goddess returned by transforming her into the clear, crystal quartz. This preserved her chastity and honored her dedication to the goddess, and Bacchus was so swayed by her efforts to remain chaste, that he honored her by pouring his wine all over the heart-breaking stone. It was the offering of the wine in Amethyste’s favor that infused the birthstone with its signature berry hue.
There are definitely similarities here to the Greek-oriented version. Both versions plant February’s birthstone in the stance of protector and guardian of chastity, sobriety, and commitment. Not only that, but for the birthstone to acquire its signature aspect because a deity made an offering to it. Bacchus himself, the god of wine, poured some of his bounty over this statue—formerly a woman that he either loved or nearly attacked with a violent animal. Those are definitely some strong feelings, which translate into an association of great power and energy from this birthstone. That most certainly must have been the reasoning behind restricting the beautiful gem to royalty, especially being the selected stone of the English regalia in the Middle Ages. Based largely on its association as one of the Cardinal (along with diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald) stones in the Old World, but that was long before the vast Brazilian mines were discovered and reduced its value in the capacity of access.
Because of the birthstone’s power to enhance sobriety and clarity of mind, the amethyst, at the darker end of the spectrum, is often carried around by intellectuals and creative types. Amethyst birthstones can bring the power of original and creative thought, all the while enhancing passion and spirit—since it has been said that St. Valentine had an amethyst ring bearing Cupid’s image. Representing a faithful love that transcends the mere physical, to an emotional and spiritual level. This power within the amethyst is best amplified when the birthstone is mounted in an engagement, commitment, or fidelity ring. Even if you have been in a relationship with your February love for years, the amethyst can strengthen rocky relationships, too, and bring courage to the bearer to face whatever struggles there are in the road.
Find an amethyst in a rich lavender tone, and the color alone will wash the wearer in a sense of calm. And it is from that peace and temperance that a clarity of mind will stimulate deep thought and generate wisdom. Philosophers, artists, teachers, and those in motivational or leadership roles may draw the most energy from this birthstone, in any shade. Additionally, the amethyst is still known as the Bishop’s Stone and worn by those in that role within the Catholic faith. The birthstone in this ring symbolizes piety, sincerity, sobriety, and spiritual wisdom. There are even stories of medieval soldiers wearing amulets with the rich purple birthstone to stimulate healing, provide protection, and remain cool in the face of the enemy.
This may be the basis for the use of amethyst among the spiritual and alternate healing communities, as it is considered a meditative stone. Wear this lilac birthstone to enhance inner peace, balance, and fortitude. And even though it does not have the connotation of being a “good” prosperity stone, but because of the energies it can bring, the amethyst birthstone could be beneficial when handling legal or business issues. Aside from maybe making your wallet a little more green, this stone is definitely used to bolster intuition and spirituality, acting like a lightning rod, of sorts, between the earthly and heavenly (or otherwise spiritual) realms. Most often, in this light, the amethyst birthstone can help open inner spiritual channels to extra-sensory occurrences like telepathy, re-living past lives, and even communication with angels. This is enhanced because of the protection that amethyst can bring against inherent mental weakness and the emotional attacks of others to weaken the bearer’s defenses.
If you aren’t receiving the birthstone as a birthday gift, you may give or receive it as an anniversary (traditionally, the fourth or sixth, but any would do) gift, especially if there has been a loss in the family that year or if the relationship has been a little bit rocky recently. Sobriety is a word and a concept that works on so many levels, and amethyst enhances on each level. Allowing stability, contentment, and healing in to repair the effects of personal losses that grief that so often ripples out from ourselves to touch others.
The rarest of amethysts is known as the “Deep Russian” and is the highest quality version of the birthstone, with an 80% primary purple hue highlighted by secondary red hues. In fact, it is so rare, that the value of the stone is determined solely on the demand of the collectors seeking it out. Overall, the value of an amethyst is determined by the quality of the color the stone displays. Where other birthstones’ value may be determined by the carat weight, because they are found in smaller deposits; it is the sheer size the amethyst collections that shift the criterion of quality to the zoning, depth, and clarity of the stone’s color alone. Keep in mind that the amethyst can fade in direct sunlight, be sure that you’re keeping your amethyst jewelry clean and covered.
In fact, when selecting the official birthstones back in the early twentieth century, it was more than likely the marketability of the stone’s color that sealed its official status. Amethyst is the most valued among the quartz family, and it is usually in high demand among fashion and jewelry designers alike because of its versatility with neutral tones and both white and yellow metals. Aside from its metaphysical benefits, the amethyst birthstone is highly and easily marketable.
Real marketability comes from inner meaning, though, especially for those who choose (or accept) their traditional birthstones on their own terms. The amethyst is a vibrant, precious birthstone with a long, rich history, but there may be those February-born who do not feel the pull of this powerful quartz. So, rather than take a detailed survey of every single person who might accept or choose to wear the amethyst as a birthstone, we can apply the personality traits listed under February’s two astrological signs and compare them with the traits this birthstone is said to boost, enhance, or draw into the wearer’s life.
Those born in February usually fall within one of two Zodiac signs: Aquarius or Pisces. Of course, not everyone believes in horoscopes and certainly not all people read them; however, they provide a directed look at the types of personalities that are often born within this month, and thus associated with this birthstone. It may turn out, however, that even though you were not born in February, or under either of the astrological signs listed above, you feel a draw to the stone itself, and you want to select it for your personal birthstone. So be it. It is a choice best left to the birthstone’s owner, and it is often best determined based on the energy given off by a certain stone—even simply from holding it. Being fluent in the nuances of your sign and its associated stones can be of great assistance in making this choice.
Bridging the end of January and leading into the month of love, an Aquarius often fulfills one extreme or the other along the range of shy and quiet to boisterous and energetic personalities. This means, regardless of introversion or extroversion, that an Aquarius can be a deep thinker with a love for helping people. And they are so helpful because they are good at seeing a situation from both sides of the fence and make great problem solvers. Additionally, Aquarians harbor an appreciation for intuition supported by logic, keeping a keen eye on the energies at play around them, and turning in for introspection and inner rejuvenation. With this comes clarity of mind, allowing for a great expanse of imagination and a world full of possibilities where others may see none. While Aquarians can be progressive and independent, they detest liars and people who break promises. In this case, an amethyst would boost an Aquarian’s clarity of mind to see people for who they really are; on top of giving them the courage to drop that baggage at the curb. Aquarians also flourish in arenas of debate and discussion, but often balk when people disagree with them personally. That more than likely stems from the fact that they are thoughtful and effective listeners who often don’t make an argument unless they feel certain about its underpinnings. For an Aquarian, the amethyst would boost feelings of dedication, creativity, and resilience against emotional defeats.
Coming up after Valentine’s Day, February shifts into the realm of the Piscean. With as much as Pisces has in common with Aquarius, being helpful to others, artistry and creativity, and balking at criticism or disagreement, there are also vast differences between the two February signs. When comparing them, the Piscean may appear more flexible than the Aquarian—amethyst here would boost the Piscean’s open mind and compassion for others (likely in the form of physical or emotional protection). There is also a softness to Pisces, associated with its sign the fish and its element water, where Aquarians are known for being a bit more stiff, even angular in the face. Pisceans, though, will have a softer frame, in some cases nearly frail, and will easily express themselves with gestures and facial expressions. Amethyst will boost the Pisces’s tendency toward intuitiveness, spirituality, and water-oriented locales. For the Piscean, again like the Aquarian, the amethyst would boost clarity of mind to better read the personalities around them—because Pisces will often be surrounded by a bevy of different personalities—as this water sign has no time for criticism, cruelty, or bullying. The amethyst may help the Piscean feel a little more protected from the world around them, as well, enhancing their capacity to be gentle, understanding, and easygoing with the people around them.
Those are some pretty specific personality traits, and even if a person was not born in February, and therefore did not fall under either of those astrological signs, it may be that the amethyst birthstone pulls at your inherent energy and fills you with calm, peace, and a sense of being protected.
Science & Health Benefits of The February Birthstone:
We’ve all seen so far how the amethyst has been used and has the connotation of being a protective birthstone. So much so that powerful soldiers wore amulets to protect themselves, and promoting sobriety on a level that Catholic bishops wear signet rings fitted with amethysts to display their spirituality, piety, and chastity for all to see. It is also to protect them, spiritually, from the temptation of sin and black magic or witchcraft. Healers often wear this precious birthstone and ask those being healed to hold one, as well. An additional amethyst would then be placed on the area of the body being healed. Doctors, nurses, and even those working in the paranormal or spiritual industries would benefit from the protective and healing power of an amethyst birthstone.
The healing energy of this lavender birthstone runs to all levels of a person’s physiology and anatomy. The amethyst is said to provide relief for arthritis pain, circulatory issues, and insomnia. Additionally, this vibrant, healing birthstone is said to provide relief to those suffering withdrawal symptoms from any kind of addictive trait. With all that bolstering of inner strength, balance, and peace, the amethyst is definitely much more than a pretty birthstone.
Being the rich cousin of the quartz family means your crystals grow in the warm cocoons of cooling lava and form rocks called ‘geodes’. The gem color inside the geode must contain purple (a reflection of manganese meeting heat fluctuations and iron) to be amethyst, but—as we also know—can appear in a wide variety of shades. It also takes on one of two shapes: long, prismatic crystals or stubby ‘crusts’ called ‘druzes’. Some collectors only hunt for the crystal, while others enjoy collecting the entire geode formation.
Amethyst is a silicon dioxide (SiO2), which is a member of the Silicate class and the Tectosilicate subclass of minerals. It was once suspected that amethyst included Ferric thiocyanate or even sulfur, which may have had an impact on the shade of purple the amethyst displayed. We now know that it’s the tangled love affair between manganese and iron that give amethyst its wide range of potential hues. And you can’t forget the heat! It is a fact that amethyst changes color due to direct interactions with heat. Stones starting with a smokier color can be modified to yellow or brown-red by heat as low as 250 degrees. Other the other hand, clear and more transparent stones need at least 400 degrees to see yellow coloration. It is the introduction of iron into a yellow citrine that produces the ametrine amethyst birthstone—featuring a vibrant yellow-orange against the rich purple tones. Heat and direct sunlight can still have an effect on your birthstones, changing its color or level of transparency. Be sure you are handling your amethyst birthstone properly to maintain its gemstone quality. Mineral groups are measured for hardness on the Mohs scale, which determines and gauges a mineral’s hardness based on scratch resistance, with a diamond as the hardest mineral noted as 10. An amethyst falls in at a 7 on the Mohs scale and is considered to have a vitreous luster and a transparent-to-opaque range of transparency.
Please keep in mind, that in the exploration of the science and healing properties of the amethyst, this information should not replace the information one can obtain from a professional healer—whether of the traditional or alternative persuasion. This is in no way a prescription for the ailments listed nor is it professional health-care information. These are noted associations, capacities, and tendencies that have been recorded by those who have worn or carried the birthstone in the past. It in no way indicates that the stone will do exactly the same thing for you. Having said that, there is simply no denying the power of a precious birthstone to uplift spirits and put a smile on a lucky someone’s face. That alone has health benefits no one can deny.
Additionally, what can also not be denied is the inherent beauty of the amethyst quartz birthstone. However, its structure has posed queries for scientists they still haven’t solved to this day. In comparison to other quartz family members, the amethyst is similar in hardness, weight, and refraction, but its crystal structure is stratified. It is this stratification that makes the zoning in an amethyst’s color display as a variation of intensity. No other member of the quartz family is stratified in this way, and so it is only amethyst birthstones that offer this unique variation of color intensity.
Amethyst is also unique among quartz cousins in the healing power it provides on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Therapies including the amethyst birthstone typically include relief for ailments of the nervous system, negative thoughts or feelings, sleep disorders like insomnia or chronic nightmares, and balancing the crown chakra.
Physically, the amethyst stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and the endocrine glands, which stimulate hormone production. Because it helps oxygenate the blood, the amethyst birthstone is often applied in treatments for the heart and lungs (breathing problems), stomach (indigestion or high acidity), skin (like bruising, beautifying, and warding off pesky insects), and head (headaches, brain imbalances, and tinnitus or other hearing disorders). But, it may not be a good talisman for those suffering from and living with paranoia or schizophrenia.
Emotionally, the amethyst can be applied when a person is feeling fatigued or suffering from debilitating phobias. Because the amethyst birthstone has a calming effect, it is also employed in warding off and quelling stress or nervous tension. It can even help women who are entering the menopause stage of their lives, and others who may struggle with PMS symptoms. It definitely has a record of easing hot tempers, enhancing calm, and easing the sting (by warding off cravings) of detoxing, withdrawal, and rehabilitation. Providing strength and courage, wearing or carrying the amethyst birthstone can help alleviate feelings of grief, anxiety, and hopelessness. It is often taken as a meditation stone because of the sense of calm, clarity, and protection the birthstone can provide.
Spiritually, the amethyst birthstone is associated with the third eye, crown, and etheric chakras. The third eye or “brow” chakra is the center of perception and directs our sight. This is where our consciousness is located, and where we relate to ourselves. Dreams, ideas, and visions can occur here, when we are open and balanced in that chakra. The crown chakra is located at the top of the head, and imbalances here can be treated with light violet crystals, like amethyst. Of course, as discussed previously, the amethyst has also been selected by Tibetan followers of Buddha to honor their prophet, and the Catholic faith sets the lilac stone in signet rings for their bishops to reflect their sobriety and piety. One’s spiritual energy can be focused, enhanced, and even modified by making an educated decision in the purchase of a personal birthstone.
The amethyst is an energized, precious birthstone that can protect, guide, and enhance your physical, mental, and spiritual path through life. Whether or not you were born in February, or under either of its astrological signs Aquarius and Pisces, the amethyst birthstone has the capability to work in your life. It can bring calm, clarity, and peace to a situation rife with struggle, but it can also provide protection and courage, while bolstering healing capabilities, for those who face the fight and live to see another day. This timeless birthstone, whether selected for you or gifted to a friend or loved one, will definitely bring good things to whoever carries it.
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