Born to the purple
Purple is a color that symbolizes nobility, as well as melancholy, mystery and charm, representing prestige, wisdom and elegance, a color that we can’t bear to forget. Amethyst as a February birthstone is the most popular purple gemstone we find.
In the past, purple was regarded as the color exclusively for the nobles. This was because the purple dyes and clothes made from them, commonly used by the Tyr in the Roman Empire, were only for the monarchs to wear, and they favored this color very much by at that time.
In the Byzantine era, emperors from the royal family would add the phrase “Born To The Purple” to his title, demonstrating his orthodox origin, as opposed to the monarch who obtained the throne by other means.
In Christian culture, purple represents the supreme power from the Holy Spirit, symbolizing sacredness, honor and love. For example, the main color of Advent (waiting and preparation for both the nativity and the return of Jesus) is purple, and in celebrations, people will accordingly use purple tablecloths and candles.
When it comes to everyday life, purple also represents eternity, typical purple gemstones such as amethysts, represent eternal and pure love.
Purple is also full of romance, fantasy and mystery, making people curious and feeling beautiful.
However, it also represents uncertainty, which means people who like it can be extremely sensitive and introverted. Purple is also a color commonly used to embody melancholy and loneliness. If you find that your friend is into purple recently, then you are expected to accompany her.
February Birthstone Amethyst: classic, popular and powerful
Main component of amethyst are silica, hardness 7, specific gravity 2.65, and refractive index 1.54-1.55. Viewed from different angles, natural amethysts show a beautiful purple tone with a little blue or red, due to such minerals as iron and manganese. We can also find amethysts in lilac, red, crimson and light or dark purple, among which dark purple and red are the best.
Amethysts usually have natural ice cracks or white impurities too, produced in volcanic, pegmatite, limestone or shale caves.
Amethysts are widely distributed in nature, and the main production areas include Brazil, Russia, South Africa, and Madagascar.
Meanings of amethysts
In Greek culture, the amethyst is the symbol of the God Frey, associated with sacral kingship, virility and prosperity. It is said that the stone can transform sexual vitality into spiritual vitality and therefore plays a great role in solving sexual problems and finding suitable mates.
In the past, the amethyst is also used as a stone to deal with a hangover, decorated in men’s jewelry and clothing, and as a lucky gem too, especially for performing artists.
The ancient Romans used to perform rituals, in the month of February, to cleanse sins and pray for undead; therefore, the amethyst, as the birthstone for February, was regarded as a symbol to prohibit adultery, prevent destruction and maintain honesty and reason.
In real life, amethysts symbolize tranquility and safety and are able to bring inspiration and wisdom to the wearer. Another implication of the stone is love, as mentioned above, a very helpful gem to increase charm and attractiveness and thus promote relationships. In summary, we can think of amethysts as a stone of mystery, romance and elegance.
Care and maintenance
Very importantly, amethysts cannot be exposed in a high temperature environment, which means that such stones cannot be purified by sunlight. At a certain temperature, amethysts fade to a purplish yellow color, which is definitely a loss in value. Therefore, in daily life, be careful to take amethyst jewelry off before you get to hot ovens, soup pots, bathroom full of water vapor, sunbathing, etc. Attention should also be paid in any other similar activities.
In the end
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- January birthstone: Garnet– Protection, Healing, Love and Prosperity
- February birthstone: Amethyst– Honest, Peaceful
- March birthstone: Aquamarine and Blood stone– Calm, Brave, Smart
- April birthstone: Diamonds- Pure and Flawless
- May birthstone: Emerald– Lucky and Happy
- June birthstone: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite– Healthy, Longevity, Richness
- July birthstone: Ruby– Passion, Love, Dignity
- August birthstone: Peridot, Spinel and Sardonyx– Pure, Holy, Protective
- September birthstone: Sapphire– Loving, Honest, Virtuous
- October birthstone: Opal, Tourmaline– Joy, Ease, Blessings
- November birthstone: Citrine, Topaz– Friendship, Hope
- December birthstone: Turquoise, Tanzanite, Zircon– Victory, Luck, Success
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