Amethyst—its brilliant purple hues are recognizable anywhere. Historically, it’s said that the woman who wears amethyst will enjoy its purifying qualities; it soothes the soul, lifts the spirit, and brings peace and clarity. It’s also known to strengthen relationships, which makes it one of the most romantic gift ideas for the month of love.
Whether or not your significant other was born in February, she will likely appreciate a strikingly beautiful amethyst stone set in any of our fine jewelry pieces. Its unique color makes it stand out from the crowd, yet it is one of the most affordable gemstones in our collection. Right now we’re offering all amethyst birthstones at 50% off in our jewelry store in Sterling Heights, MI, but if you’re not convinced that the amethyst is the right gift idea, here are a few interesting facts about this brilliantly beautiful stone that may change your mind!
It gets that purple color from iron
An amethyst is actually a type of quartz. That beautiful purple color comes from irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements within the stone. The result is complex crystal lattice substitutions and a color that can range from a deep indigo to a pinkish violet. The deeper and more rich the indigo coloring, the more expensive the stone will be.
It originates in Greek Mythology
Bacchus, the God of Wine, was in love with one of Aphrodite’s nymphs, whose name was Amethyst. However, Amethyst did not share Bacchus’ feelings. She grew weary of Bacchus’ advances, and asked Aphrodite for help. Aphrodite’s solution was to turn Amethyst into a pile of crystals. Bacchus, it is said, was so distraught that he spilled his wine over Amethyst, which gave her the deep purple color that we all recognize so well.
It was the stone of royals
Until the 19th Century, when a large deposit of amethysts was discovered in Brazil, amethysts were once as rare and as valuable as rubies and emeralds. They were often reserved for the adorning of royalty only. Historically, you would often see amethysts featured in the crowns, rings and necklaces worn by royals worldwide. Amethysts were not only rare and valuable, but their rich purple color also made them a sign of wealth, and they were said to bring wisdom and clarity to those who wore them.
There’s a lot of meaning behind them
The amethyst is typically used as a symbol for understanding, wisdom and stronger relationships, and has even been known to bring healing and protection. Regardless of the symbolism tied to the stone, however, your significant other will first and foremost see it as a symbol of your love.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for your love this February, we’d love to show you our collection of amethysts. Just stop in to our jewelry store in Sterling Heights, MI anytime this month and you will also enjoy 50% off all our amethyst birthstones. Call or come see us today at Howard’s Fine Jewelry!