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Monthly Archives: February 2011

  • Amethyst: February's Birthstone

    Bacchus had grown angry with mortals and had therefore
    determined that tigers would devour the next mortal who
    crossed his path. The young maiden Amethyst was on
    her way to worship at the goddess Diana’s temple. Diana
    knowing Bacchus’s plan turned the young maiden into a
    white statue of colorless quartz to save her. When Bacchus
    realized what he had precipitated he was filled with remorse
    and cried tears of wine, staining the statue a beautiful purple.

    The origin myth of the amethyst is beautiful and tragic
    like so many Greek legends. It is easy to paint a picture in
    your mind of the beautiful white quartz dappled with purple
    tears until it becomes the exquisite stone we know today as
    amethyst and my jewelry obsessed mind begins to wonder—
    what shade of purple did those tears create. Were there
    only a few tears, creating a pale lilac statue, the stone
    sometimes termed ‘the Rose of France’ or were his tears
    plentiful producing a deep purple amethyst with red flashes?
    It is February, and February is the month of amethysts
    in the jewelry world so I decided to explore the myths and
    legends surrounding this stunning stone.

    A quartz, it rates a 7 on the Mohs scale and has color

    ranging from the palest lilac to the deepest purple. A royal
    color it has often been worn by the clergy and royalty and it
    can be seen in the crown jewels of both Britain and Russia.
    And today most amethysts can be found in Brazil.

    This incredibly beautiful stone has wooed warriors,
    intellectuals and great monarchs. It is said the ancient
    Egyptians brought an amethyst stone into battle for
    protection, that Leonardo da Vinci considered the amethyst
    the seat of intelligence and a means of warding of evil and
    that Catherine the Great prized the amethyst above all other

    Everyone has his or her own personal relationship to a
    stone, whether it is a fascination founded on a stone being
    assigned ones birthstone or the moment when one espies
    the perfect ring. My fascination began with a perfect 1950’s
    cocktail ring with an amethyst stone that can be called
    nothing short of charismatic. I look at it today and wonder
    what began Catherine the Great’s fascination or Leonardo
    da Vinci’s and it gives me pleasure to know that while the
    world moves forward there are some things that maintain
    their beauty and fascination from ancient Greece through my
    own personal history.

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