amethyst watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu
February’s birthstone is the beautiful, regal, and stunning amethyst. For many of our crystal friends we’ve talked with, amethyst is their first crystal purchase, their ‘gateway crystal’ if you will. Amethyst is the arguably one of the most recognizable gems and it’s not hard to see why with its piercing purple color.
Much like ‘turquoise’ has become a color of its own, amethyst is a distinct shade of purple. Coming from the Greek amethystos, meaning “intoxicate”, it was once believed its prevented intoxication. This could have been helpful to me attending a bachelor party years back if only I knew.
A type of quartz, amethyst is in the same family as citrine, aventurine, and rose quartz. Owing its beautiful purple color to irradiation, amethyst was once included alongside precious gems like sapphire, diamond, emerald until a large cache was discovered in Brazil. Now amethyst is readily available and its value has dropped accordingly.
Many believe amethyst is a great tool for providing calm, balance and peace. It assists in learning moderation of earthly desires while increasing ones spirituality. Amethyst is a crown chakra stone, and will increase intuition and the knowledge of interconnectedness
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