Is your birthday in February? Here are some fresh data about your birthstone, the Amethyst with an extra photos.
The Amethyst is the birthstone for February. The second most luxurious mineral discovered in Earth’s crust, Quartz, is amethysts.
The insides of geodes are frequently discovered in Quartz. It’s therefore not surprising that geodes also include amethysts sometimes. Like Quartz, silicon dioxide (SiO2) is transparent. A tender mauve to a vibrant violet can be of an amethyst’s color. Why they are purple isn’t evident. Some scientific researchers think that the purple color derived from the iron oxide content of the amethysts, and others assign the color to manganese or hydrocarbons.
Amethysts are highly heating sensitive. The color of amethyst shifts into a brownish-yellow or red with the heat at 400 or 500 degrees Celsius. The stones may turn green if they are heated under some conditions. Heat can even turn Amethyst into a rare natural mineral known as citrine. And the violet color of Amethyst can dissolve over time, even without heating.
The birthstone for February has prosperous lore and legendary history. It was used as an ornamental stone by ancient human beings in France 25,000 years ago. It was also discovered in the Neolithic man’s remains.
The signet ring used by Cleopatra, it is said, was an amethyst, graved in the image of Mithras, the Persian God, symbolic of the Divine Idea, Source of Light and Life. It is also known as St Valentine’s Stone, who wore an amethyst graven in his assistant’s figure, Cupid. Still in February is Saint Valentine’s Day noted.
The name amethyst is originated from the Greek term “amethystos,” which means not drunk, and is thought to avoid intoxication for its users. The following is a tale from Greco-Roman faith, as excerpted from Birthstones by Willard Heaps:
“Diana the huntress insulted Bacchus, the god of wine in traditional mythology. Having decided to take vengeance, he stated that his tigers would eat the first individual that he met as he passed through the forest. As it happened, Amethyst, the maiden, on her way to Diana shrine, was the first person to cross his path. She appealed to the deity in fear to save her and Bacchus saw the maiden changing into a pure white sun image of stone in front of his eyes. Bacchus realized his guilt and repented of his cruelty; he poured over it grape wine and gave it the exquisite purple shade of the Amethyst. In ancient Rome, amethyst cups were used for wine, so drinkers would not fear over-indulgence. The carryover to non-intoxication was rather logical.”
The Egyptians of the early days thought that the birthstone for February had excellent powers and put stones in pharaoh’s graves. It was used as medicine in the Middle Age, which was considered to dissipate sleep, sharpen the intellect and safeguard the wearer against sorceries. It was thought to be victorious in the fight, too. The Amethyst was to safeguard the wearer from sick dreams and gout in Arabic mythology.