Sunday, January 23, 2011

AMETHYST - February's Birthstone

Lucky February babies are bestowed with amethyst as their birthstone.  Traditionally a deep shade of purple, amethyst played an important role in ancient times. Ancient Europeans believed amethyst could defend its wearer in battle and the ancient Greeks believed amethyst would protect against drunkeness.  Until the discovery of vast amethyst deposits in Brazil, the gemstone was considered to be precious, and enjoyed the company of similar precious gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds.

In a way, I am glad amethyst was discovered in Brazil. Now, this gorgeous gemstone is easily affordable to most individuals. Sure, it may not be the status symbol it once was, but one look at a beautiful stone and I know you'll be thinking....."Where can I get one?!"

This will be the first of many musings about the history and folklore surrounding birthstones and other colored gemstones.

What is your favorite gemstone(s)?

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