Amethyst ~ The February Birthstone.  Of all the gemstones that we work with (and that’s a lot!) Amethyst is one of the most popular. It’s distinctive purple colour is a firm favourite with jewellery and gemstone lovers everywhere but did you know that Amethyst can be found in colours other than purple? Read on to discover more about this fascinating gem


Amethyst is a type of Quartz and is found across the world including Canada, France, Mexico, India, Sri Lanka and America.  If heated, the colour changes to yellow which is similar to Citrine, or green.  Most Amethyst turns yellow, orange or brown when treated but amethyst containing iron compounds with specific properties (Fe2+ iron compounds) will turn green instead.  Some green Amethyst has been found naturally but it is rare.  Green Amethyst is known as Prasiolite and promotes balance and restoration of the nervous system. It is also reputed to relieve tension and irritation. An ancient cure for pimples is to rub a moistened Amethyst onto them.

cabochon amethyst

MOHS Scale

Measuring a 7 on the MOHS scale of hardness means that Amethyst is a lovely choice for jewellery.  We use both cabochon and faceted Amethyst in our designs.  I think Amethyst looks beautiful both ways, a lot of colour shows through when it’s cut as a cabochon and the faceted designs catch the light beautifully.

History, Myths and Legends

Although Amethyst has been used in jewellery for over 2000 years, it has made a wonderful transition into the 21st Century.  Popular with healers for offering stress relief, other esoteric properties include protection, humility and spiritual wisdom.  During the Roman Empire, Amethyst goblets were used at feasts as Amethyst is said to ward off drunkenness.  If you’d like to do your own research it should be noted that we think this belief should be taken with a pinch of salt (rather than a paracetamol the morning after!).There is also evidence that this beliefs stems from the Ancient Greeks. The etymology of the word is Amethystos which translates as ‘not drunk’ in Ancient Greek.  Amethyst is said however to promote a clear head so can be useful when making difficult decisions .  Perhaps this may be easier to try, although arguably less fun…

faceted amethyst

Known as the birthstone for February, Amethyst is also often linked to St Valentine who was said to wear an Amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.  It is the gemstone of Pisces and in symbolism is ruled by the planet Jupiter.

Such a hardworking gemstone, maybe it’s time to add a piece of Amethyst jewellery to your collection…

Until next time, keep Sparkling!

LJ ✨✨


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