February - Amethyst

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Amethyst Birthstone Jewelry is the Perfect Gift for February Babies!

According to Greek myth, Dionysius, god of intoxication, was angered by an insult from a mere mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came the unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the tigers. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god's tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today. Ironically then, the name of "Amethyst" comes from Greek that has been translated to "not drunken". This stems from the ancient Greek belief that it wards off the effects of alcohol. Furthermore, the Ancient Roman God of Wine and Partying, Bacchus, was very much associated with this birthstone. Even seen as his living symbolism on Earth.

Amethyst, the birthstone representing February, has a long and interesting history. From modern Russia to the ancient Greeks & Romans, this gemstone has tons of symbolism for every culture. Purple, known as the color of royalty, is a staple of any king or queen so Amethyst is an obvious choice for any crown or scepter. Most notably, Catherine the Great of Russia was especially fond of this beautiful gemstone.

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