February birthstone jewellery gifts
Whether you're looking for a vintage cocktail ring or an antique amethyst bracelet, browse our selection and find something perfect for you - any of our antique amethyst jewellery pieces would make exceptional February birthday gifts. Even if the person you're looking to buy for wasn't born in February, a piece of amethyst jewellery could be well suited to them, especially if they're going through a time of stress, conflict or difficulty. For a romantic gift, and powerful talisman, or February birthstone gifts for her for Valentine's day, browse our wide selection today.
Thanks to their bold purple colour and their calming qualities, amethysts are widely coveted gemstones. Anyone who is born in February is lucky enough to have the amethyst as their birthstone and therefore a piece of amethyst jewellery would be a great idea for a gift. Whether you're searching for that perfect February birthstone necklace or a pair of divine amethyst earrings we have a selection that wont disapoint.
February amethyst birthstone meaning
The word 'amethyst' derives from the Greek word amethysts, meaning 'sober'. Throughout history, amethysts have been thought to represent calmness and sobriety. In Greek mythology, these precious stones were believed to be rock crystal dyed purple by the tears of Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry. It was said that they could prevent the bearer from getting too drunk, instilling a sober and serious mind.
For many, they are carried as a talisman of inner strength and they are believed to be a good gemstone for resolving arguments, especially between family members. As they are thought to harness calmness, bravery, and contemplation, they are also believed to help you thrive in the world of business.
History of the amethyst
Amethysts have been held in high regard throughout history due to their beauty and the powers they were believed to bestow on their wearer. In the Greek and Roman eras, amethyst rings, set in bronze, were worn in the belief that they would ward off evil. During the same period, cups were carved from amethysts in the hope that the purple stone would banish sorrow and evil from all who drank from them.
This gemstone has long had connotations with religion and royalty, and there are multiple biblical references of the powerful stone. The amethyst was one of the twelve stones that adorned the breastplate of the high priest Aaron (Exodus 39), for example, and was later favoured by members of the Catholic church as it was believed to represent piety and celibacy.
Amethyst jewellery is perhaps most famous for its connotations with royalty and this precious gemstone even decorates the crown jewels.
In recent history, the amethyst enjoyed a popular revival in retro and vintage jewellery, after taking a back seat in the jewellery world during the 1920s and 1930s. During the post-war period, emerald cut and pear cut amethysts became a popular jewellery feature. Amethysts were most often set in angular styles, surrounded by other bright and bold gemstones.
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