Gemstone of the Month: February

The only gemstone to truly represent February has to be the Amethyst.

 

AMETHYST

Amethyst, the traditional birthstone for Aquarians and a secondary birthstone for Sagittarians, is another variety of Quartz most often violet in colour and ranging from the deepest tones through to pale lilac or even pink.  The name comes from the ancient Greek "amethystos" meaning "not intoxicated" and the stone was worn in the belief that it protected the wearer from intoxication. Amethyst is also attributed to promoting self-control, calming emotions and aiding meditation and restful sleep. 

Amethyst and citrine are closely related and form in exactly the same way, with the colour determined by the natural heat present during formation.  It is not uncommon for geodes to display both amethyst and citrine when they are broken open.  Another form of amethyst/citrine mix is the aptly named ametrine which displays both purple and yellow colouring in the same gemstone.

Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was hugely favoured for intaglio engraved gems. 

Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that the stone would heal their injuries and keep them cool-headed. Beads of amethyst have been found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England. 

Prasiolite is a form of green quartz referred to as green amethyst. Its name comes from the Greek words ‘prason’, which means leek, and ‘lithos’, which means stone.  Prasiolite is an amplifier of energy and is also a stone of originality. It will inspire you to be the best version of yourself and share your unique talents with the world.

Amethyst encourages self-control, calms emotions and brings stability as well as aiding practical applications of imagination! It also aids meditation and sleep.

 

Keep an eye out for Kristaval’s Amethyst and Prasiolite pieces as you scroll through our pages…