The birthstone of February

The Amethyst's name is derived from the Greek meaning 'Without Drunkeness', traditionally worn to instill a sober and serious mind. A few stones are as famous and unique as the amethyst with its rich purple colouring and violet bands. The colour though is unstable meaning it can fade when exposed to the light in as little as two months but is quite a durable and hard stone, measuring 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.

Amethysts can be mainly found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the far East with the ideal grade being known as the 'Siberian Grade' which is 75%-80% purple with 15%-20% blue and red secondary hues. Amethysts can also be found with a light pinkish hue but can be heated to create a yellow-orange, yellow-brown or dark brownish shade to resemble citrine though on the flip-side they can fade in tone if they are overexposed to light sources.

A couple more interesting facts about the amethysts are that they can be found in royal collections all over the world including the British crown jewels. In previous times they were once even valued equally to the diamond!

How to make amethysts work for you

Amethysts can be used for the healing of illnesses of the lungs, it is believed to help detoxify the body and can be most useful in cleansing the chest area. When amethysts are worn in earrings or necklaces, not only are they said they alleviate headaches, but they will also help clear one’s thinking process, allowing one to process information more efficiently. It is believed to bring about focus in the mind where mental functioning has become confused and undirected and frees the way to more clearer thinking. They are also believed to help people who suffer from memory loss. Where do we sign up?!