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February can often feel cold, dark and dreary, a direct contrast to it’s beautifully bright birthstone, Amethyst. Amethyst is an exceptional stone with a famous past and powerful metaphysical properties.
Read on to learn 4 ways you can use amethyst to bring light, color and positive energy into your daily life.
What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is a type of purple quartz that comes in a beautiful array of hues, ranging from soft lilacs to intense deep purples. The traditional birthstone for February, it is also associated with the astrological signs Aquarius and Pisces. Amethyst is an abundant stone, with the most important sources coming from Africa and South America. Because of its abundance, it is easy to find and relatively affordable, in comparison to other gemstones.
Amethyst has been a popular gemstone for centuries and has prominent features throughout history. St. Valentine was said to have an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid. In the Old Testament, Amethyst is the gemstone that represents one the twelve tribes of Israel. Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia in the 1700s, had an admiration for the gem, adorning herself in many amethyst ornaments. Even Leonardo da Vinci claimed that the crystal could quicken intelligence and expel evil thoughts.
The name itself derives from the Ancient Greek word for intoxicated as ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness! Drunken behavior is often associated with an unclear mind, high emotions and clumsy decisions. As the antidote to this, Amethyst is therefore associated with crystal clear clarity, deep contemplation, and a sense of control over life. Unfortunately, we cannot advise that amethyst will keep you sober, but there are other ways you can reap the benefits of amethyst. Here are four ways you can incorporate February’s birthstone into your everyday life.
Amethyst is often worn by healers, as it has the power to focus energy. A deeply spiritual gemstone, amethyst is said to be the bridge that connects the physical and spiritual worlds. Thanks to this power, it can be a great aid when meditating. Hold a piece of amethyst in your hand, place it on your body or just have it nearby while you take the time to be totally present and to calm your mind. Healthline has a great guide for how to meditate with crystals.
In order to maximize the beneficial effects of crystals and gemstones, try to keep them near your body. There’s no easier way to do this than by wearing gemstone jewelry! Luckily for you, amethyst is a versatile stone that can be styled many ways. It compliments both cool and warm tones, so it works well with silver and gold metals. For example this Oval Amethyst Pendant crafted with 10k yellow gold makes for a powerfully stunning necklace.
Or if you prefer more wintery tones, pair amethyst with silver, like in this delicate Amethyst Greek Vine Bracelet.
Style amethyst with other gemstones for a delightfully colorful look whilst harnessing the energy of the other crystal. Purple amethyst compliments the rosy hues of pink tourmaline and amplifies the protective energy of both stones.
Amethyst and aquamarine create an elegant pair that promote tranquil and balancing energies.
Gem Stone King has an incredible collection of amethyst jewelry, so you can find the right piece that suits your style and needs.
Amethysts are a really great tool for clearing negative energies from a space. Use amethyst crystal clusters at home, your workspace or any area where you want to keep the atmosphere clean, clear and positive. The best spot to place an amethyst is near a window so it can re-charge and radiate natural light energy.
Amethyst is the gem traditionally given for a sixth wedding anniversary. Gifting the couple a present that incorporates some amethyst will ensure a royal celebration.
Now you have 4 ways to light up the darkness of February and prepare for Spring with amazing amethyst.