February Birthstone Colour & Meaning - Amethyst

Author: DeGem | 2023-08-04

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Amethyst Is The February Birthstone Colour - DeGem


February's birthstone, amethyst, is at once profoundly classic and perennially cool. There has long been a fascination with the gem for its deep purple hue, which is said to symbolize royalty, power, and luxury. But while amethyst may have a regal air, it's also a fair bit approachable and accessible, making it the perfect birthstone for February babies who want a little bit of edge. Read on to learn more about this fascinating stone.


The Colours Of Amethyst


Amethyst Is Famous For Its Range Of Purple Hues - DeGem

Amethyst is known for its beautiful range of purple hues — a decidedly stunning palette of pastel lavenders, velvety violets and even rich royal purples. Lavender hues look particularly lovely in amethyst engagement rings, especially with diamond accents. Amethysts have excellent clarity, are available in various cuts and carat weights, and have no visible inclusions.
A variety of quartz, this Feburary birthstone gets its distinct colour from iron and other trace elements, as well as certain treatments like natural irradiation. Things like heat treatments can also further affect and adjust an amethyst’s colour to the desired hue.
Unlike most gemstones, amethysts are valued based on colour, not carat size. The most desirable amethysts are those with a deeply saturated, rich purple hue, as these are more rare and valuable. 


History Of Amethyst

The word "amethyst" derives from the Greek word "amethystos", which means "not drunken". In ancient times, it was regarded as a sobriety stone, believed to protect its wearer from drunkenness.
Amethysts have long been prized for their beauty and mystic allure, being used in all types of jewellery and adornments. A favourite of the nobility and elite, amethyst gemstones were featured in the British crown jewels. In the 1700s, Catherine the Great of Russia was somewhat obsessed with amethyst, often appearing adorned in amethyst necklaces, earrings, and various ornaments.
But amethyst stones don't just have beauty and brilliance — they're rich with meaning, too. According to various cultures, amethysts are believed to promote peace, balance, and courage. In Buddhism, for instance, it's long believed that the stone helps calm the soul during meditation, making it a popular choice for Tibetan prayer beads. 


Caring For Your Amethyst

With a Mohs hardness of 7, amethyst is a relatively strong stone that can withstand daily wear and tear. A professional polish may be required over time to maintain amethyst's luster, but for the most part, amethyst remains a durable gemstone. And while this February birthstone doesn't hold up quite as well as rubies or sapphires, it's still an excellent option for jewellery pieces like rings, necklaces, and earrings.

In extreme heat, amethysts can crack and discolour. Prolonged light exposure can also fade its colour, so keep your gem away from the light when you're not wearing it. Use mild soap and water and a soft brush to gently clean your amethyst jewellery.



Make life's special occasions even more magical with the gift of enchanting amethyst jewellery. Dress up for a day at the office with a timeless amethyst solitaire ring, or combine the stone with diamonds or pearls to make it the centrepiece of your evening wardrobe. DeGem's amethyst birthstone jewellery is ethically sourced, beautifully crafted and makes the perfect gift for any special occasion - browse and shop online today. 


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