Amethyst - February

 
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ALL ABOUT AMETHYST

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BORN IN FEBRUARY?

You are known to be;

Abstract ♦ Loves freedom ♦ Curious ♦ Independent ♦ Rebellious ♦ Temperamental

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ZODIAC

February Birthstone ♦ 6th Anniversary ♦ Associated with the Zodiac signs Aquarius and Pisces ♦ Planet association is Jupiter ♦ Air and Water Element

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PROPERTIES

Purple, pink, or green (Prasiolite) ♦ Hexagonal crystal system ♦ 7 on the Mohs'  hardness scale ♦ Transparent to translucent ♦ Vitreous Luster ♦ Weak pleochroism, weak fluorescence ♦ SiO2 Silicone dioxide  

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CHAKRA AND HEALING

Third Eye and Crown Chakra ♦ Also Heart Chakra if green ♦ Amethyst is known as a protective stone ♦ Is thought to reduce nightmares and insomnia ♦ And of course prevent inebriation. :)

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The Origin of Amethyst

Dionysus, son of Zeus and Semele, was the Greek God of wine and fertility. He had somewhat of a dual nature, much like the effects of wine, on the one hand he was benevolent and joyful, but on the other he could be brutal in his anger.

Our story starts early one morning, when an innocent young maiden called Amethyst was on her way to pay homage to Artemis, the Goddess of the hunt, wild animals, chastity and the protector of young girls. Following her usual path through the woods to a nearby shrine, she was unaware of the danger that shadowed her.

The night before, Dionysus had fallen into a terrible rage because a mortal had failed to acknowledge him, the man had had the audacity to refuse to drink wine at a feast held in Dionysus’ honour. The god in his wrath, swore to destroy the next mortal that he saw and sent out his tigers in readiness. He was ecstatic when Amethyst caught his eye the very next morning, the embodiment of innocence and abstinence.

As she emerged from the woods, the ferocious tigers that had been stalking her were ordered to strike her down by the vengeful God. Artemis, who had been watching her worshipers lay their tributes at her shrine, saw what was about to happen to poor Amethyst. With little time to spare the young girl’s life, Artemis quickly turned her into a statue of pure crystalline quartz, thus saving her from being slayed by the tigers.

Amethystos turned to stone by Artemis

When Dionysus saw what had become of Amethyst his fury melted away. What had he done to this poor beautiful creature in his senseless rage? Overcome with profound remorse, he began to weep tears of red wine, these became a stream of tears that reached the crystalline statue and stained the pure white quartz into a rich purple colour. Thus the gemstone Amethyst was born of a repentant God’s tears.

This story, and numerous other versions of it, are usually attributed to Greek mythology. However, it is also widely believed that the story was actually written by French poet Remmy Belleau in France in the 1500s. Regardless of its actual origin, throughout history, Amethyst’s legacy lives on in defiance of intoxication, and has long been used to ward against drunkenness.

In medieval times it was believed that wearing amethyst or drinking from a cup made from it would stave away inebriation. Indeed, there are theories that wealthy Lords would drink from amethyst goblets during feasts, and whilst their subjects became drunk and loose tongued on wine or beer, the Lords themselves were perfectly sober as their amethyst cups were actually filled with water.

I hope you enjoyed this story. It is a combination of many different versions, so I apologise to any experts that disagree with my interpretation. :0)  



SHOP AMETHYST

I have some lovely Amethyst pieces in my shop. In classic deep purple as well as pink and the green variety (Prasiolite).

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SOMETHING SPECIAL

Mostly found in the colour purple, amethyst also be seen in pink, lavender and green. Twinned with it's quartz sister Citrine, it becomes 'Ametrine'.  

Amethyst is derived from Greek amethustos ‘not drunken’

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

It was by a very happy accident that I found my way to the amazing Phan Cao Phong via khacclub or facebook who is the artist of this masterpiece. He has encapsulated the story perfectly. This illustration has really captured my heart and makes me proud to have Amethyst as my birthstone.

And a huge thank you to Graphicbug for the watercolour gemstone images on each birthstone page. So talented!