The Aquarius Birthstone and for 4th and 6th Wedding Anniversary jewelry

The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.

What are Amethysts?
What exactly are Amethysts? Learn about information on the gemstone before you buy Amethyst jewelry. The definition of a Amethyst is as follows:

  • The word Amethyst is derived from the Greek word "amethystos" which means "remedy against drunkenness" which is reflected in the properties of this gemstone

  • Like diamonds, gemstones are graded by color, cut, clarity and carat weight

  • A variety of crystallized quartz, of a purple or bluish violet color which come in a variety of different shades. The Amethyst is a member of the Quartz (silicon dioxide) family

  • Quartz goes by an array of different names including Agate, Onyx, Jasper, Aventurine, Tiger's eye, Citrine, Prasiolite, Rose quartz, Bloodstones, Milk quartz, Smoky quartz and Carnelian

  • The Crystal structure of the Amethyst is hexagonal

The Colors of Amethysts
Amethyst come in a wide range of natural colors and shades including purple, reddish purple to bluish purple. In its purest form, Amethyst is colorless. Color is mainly caused by the gemstones's selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light called the body color. In gemstones, color consists of three components:

  • Hue - the first impression of the color
  • Tone - the lightness or darkness of color ranging from light to medium to dark
  • Saturation - the intensity of a gemstone's color which is measured from dull to strong to vivid

Birthstone Facts and Information about Amethyst
The following list provides Birthstone facts and information about the Amethyst:

  • The Amethyst is the birthstone of the month of February
  • It is also the Wedding anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 6th year of marriage
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Aquarius dates: January 21 - February 19
  • Aquarius - The Eleventh Sign of the Zodiac: The Water Bearer
  • Ruling Planet of Aquarius: Uranus
  • Alternate Birthstones of Aquarius: Garnets and Jasper

Symbolism, Significance and Properties of Amethyst
The properties with which the Amethyst, the birthstone of the Zodiac sign of Aquarius, is associated are as follows:

  • Stability, peace, balance, courage, inner strength

  • Sincerity and a calm disposition

Healing Properties of the Amethyst
The healing properties of the Aquarius birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to:

  • Withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction - referred to as the the "sobriety stone" as it was believed to prevent drunkenness and used to treat alcoholism and other types of addictions.

  • Headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, circulatory system issues and general healing

Amethyst Jewelry
Amethyst jewelry is extremely popular especially for those nearest and dearest. The tradition of giving gifts of jewelry containing these stones dates back thousands of years. The gemstone, or birthstone Amethyst is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Uranus with which it is sympathetic and that wearing jewelry containing the gemstone will focus the energies of the planet and sign through the gem. Learn about information on the gemstone before you buy Amethyst jewelry. All different types of jewelry containing Amethyst are available including:

  • Rings

  • Brooches

  • Pins

  • Cufflinks

  • Bracelets

  • Pendants

  • Earrings

  • Necklaces

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