February's Birthstone: Amethyst
When February rolls around each year, there are shades of pinks, reds, and whites everywhere to signify the coming of Valentine's Day, the most loving and romantic holiday in existence. With these colors being in the spotlight, it's easy to forget that there's another color that shines as well – amethyst. This deep purple quartz is known for being the birthstone for February babies everywhere and is one of the most popular gemstones of all time.
The name "Amethyst" comes from the Greek word "amethystos" that translates to "not intoxicated." Because of this, ancient wearers believed that the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness and the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. What makes amethyst so alluring, presently and throughout history, is that qualities like courage, peace, stability, and strength are said to be derived from it.
Although it's commonly recognized for being purple, amethyst can also range from a pinkish violet to a light green color depending on how much heat treated to deepen the color. It is a very common mineral and can be found worldwide with the finest amethyst of all being found, historically, in Russia.
This precious stone is a classic beauty that has won over our hearts and our jewelry collection for its beautiful shade and how well it complements both cool and warm colors. Here are a few of our amethyst pieces that can be purchased on Brian Gavin Diamonds or in-person.