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Three amethysts

Three amethyst gems in different sizes.

February Birthstone: The Amethyst 

Amethyst is the February Birthstone and the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. It is also one of the emblems of the twelve apostles.

The lore behind the February birthstone include its wine-like color, leading early Greek legends to associate amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. Other legends reflected beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer clear-headed and quick-witted in battle and in business affairs. Because amethyst was associated with wine, it was believed that wearing amethyst prevented people from getting drunk.

Fine amethysts have been set in religious jewelry and royal crown jewels for ages. It was once considered equal in value to ruby, emerald, and sapphire. It’s no wonder that fine amethyst adorns the fingers of bishops as well as the coronation regalia of British royalty.

February Birthstone: St. Valentine and Camillo Leonardo

It is said that St. Valentine, the patron of romantic love, wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid. Camillo Leonardi, the astrologer, wrote that amethyst quickens intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts.

Here are two other beautiful amethyst pieces of jewelry we found in our antiquity search. Whether all amethyst or integrated with other gems, the amethyst always adds to the beauty of any piece.

Amethyst and pearl brooch

Amethyst and pearl brooch/pendant. Gold, Victorian

Amethyst bead necklace

Ancient Egyptian Amethyst Necklace
Purchased in 1895, this amethyst necklace likely dates to Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, circa 2000 BC. However, the inscription on the central stone is a South Arabian script, dating to around the 8th century BC.
The stone may be a scarab that was later re-carved, but how a South Arabian script came to be written on an Egyptian scarab is a mystery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to learn more about amethysts or other precious and semi-precious gems, please go to the encylopedia of gems

 

 

 

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