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February and the Undrunken Stone, Amethyst


February’s stone is amethyst (purple quartz). Which is quite fitting. Something about its rich purple hues evoke the romance of the month of love. With it’s blue undertones, we are reminded that it’s still winter. Amethysts have a rich history as well.

Did you know that the word “amethyst” comes from the Greek language meaning “not drunken”? According to legend, the god of wine, Dionysus became angered at a young girl named Amethyst. She cried out for protection to Artemis (Diana) who turned her into a stone of pure quartz. When Dionysus saw her thus, he cried tears into his glass of red wine which then overturned onto the stone, colouring it a wonderful purple, creating the amethyst gemstone. So intertwined with Dionysus the amethyst became known for its ability to keep a drinker sober. Many believed that drinking from an amethyst goblet would render the alcohol incapable of causing intoxication in the drinker. Amethyst rings became popular for those who wished to keep a clear head during a night of revelry.

So if amethyst is your stone (or you just need to keep a clear mind during your next night of revelry), then contact us and we can create a piece in honor of your birth stone. Amethyst, because of its affordability, gives us all the chance to wear a rich hued gem. And really, is there anything like this purple?


Source: The Jewelry Blog