Birthstones in the ancient times were linked with zodiacs and were believed to possess some powerful qualities affecting the life of the person being born in a particular zodiac sign. In present times the connection has been simplified a little. Now the stones are ascribed qualities of a particular month. People celebrating their birthdays during those months wear the stones for various reasons. Some wear it just to let others know the month they were born in while others like the intrigue of the ancient zodiac associations. Some people wear them just as a fashion statement. For whatever reason, birthstones remain popular.
Amethyst is the birthstone for people born in February. Amethyst is believed to be associated with peace,protection, tranquility. The stone is also believed to possess qualities which can treat baldness and prevent skin diseases. It generally comes in different shades of purple. Sometimes it can be pale lilac as well. Occasionally you will come across deep violet amethyst also. So, February born people can rejoice in the colour of the stone because it is available in rich, deep and light shades of purple which can be worn according to their personalities or according to the colour of a particular dress. Amethyst is a hard and durable stone lasting a lifetime.
Amethyst in the past used to be worn by wealthy people. It has a royal significance which might make you feel fortunate to have February as your birth month. The deep violet amethyst is mostly found in South America or Africa while the other shades are available in different parts of the world. Moreover, if you wish to feel really special by wearing an amethyst, then just remind yourself that the Pope always wears one on his powerful fingers.
This stone, with healing power and great clarity, is used in rings, pendants and earrings made of gold and silver. The hue of amethyst is such that it complements both gold and silver equally. It is quite an affordable stone that can be maintained without a lot of cleaning. Both the natural ones and laboratory created gems are available in the market. If you wish to purchase good quality amethyst you must buy the ones naturally occurring in the mines. Again, you need to check the cut and clarity of the gemstone before purchasing it. So, whether you wear it yourself or gift it to someone special, it will be one of the most beautiful presents.