february birthstone : amethyst
the february born shall find
sincerity and peace of mind,
freedom from passion and from care,
if they, the amethyst will wear.
~ excerpt from the Gregorian Birthstone Poems *
february’s birthstone is the amethyst, a purple or violet quartz used as a gem. With origins rooted in the greek word ‘amethystos’, which comes from ‘ἀ’ (a) meaning ‘not’ and ‘μέθυστος’ (methustos) meaning intoxicated, it is a cherished gemstone known for its exquisite purple tones - long associated as a colour of royalty.
in ancient egypt, amethysts were used to make cameos, and represented the zodiac sign of the goat. since the goat was the natural enemy of the vineyard, it was thought to be the antidote to wine; the greeks believed that if you drank from a cup made entirely of amethyst, you would gain insight and clarity while remaining completely sober! another greek legend says that Dionysus, the god of wine, wanted to chastise man for overindulgence and mindless drinking. descending mount olympus, he punished the first person he came upon, turning them into white quartz. realizing she was a beautiful woman, dionysus began to cry tears of wine over her statue, colouring the stone purple. Her name was amethyst.
today, amethysts are associated with traits of stability, courage and inner peace. helping to promote self-control and strengthening emotional bonds, they can steady a restless mind, enhancing emotional and mental well-being. found the world over, in a multitude of amazing shades, shapes and sizes, amethysts are often called upon in celebration of a 7th and 16th anniversary. A most powerful and potent gemstone!
honour your february birth, or the birthday of someone special who embodies the traits of the amethyst with our serendipity february birthstone charm. affix this handcrafted zodiac charm as a celebration of your journey, representing the way your origins are intertwined with those who have given you strength along the way. A perfect sustainable gem!
our tree bark stability ring sits confidently on the finger, ready to bear the adventures of its wearer. featuring the pebbled texture of ancient tree bark, this beauty gets better with age: the textured gold developing a patina as you wear it, bearing the gentle marks of everyday life.
trees are symbols of strength and endurance, reflecting our own limitless potential. our tree of life stud earring is a tiny reminder to tune into your courage and stability.
peace in your heart, peace in your world. our tie dye peacefully necklace is a dainty piece that carries a big message, connecting us to those likeminded souls who share our visions for the future: beholding our inner peace undiminished.
* The gregorian birthstone poems are often used to remember a person's birth month and associated gemstone, detailing the meaning and characteristics attributed to each birthstone. these poems existed as folklore before they were formalized as a collection published by tiffany and Co in 1870.