Now we’re on the run-up to February it’s time to make way for a new birthstone. This time we’re going to be looking through our proverbial loupe at a violet variety of quartz, specially reserved for Valentine’s Day. We’re talking of course about that romantic ‘Sobriety Stone’, Amethyst.
Most often found in South America, Amethyst is distinguishable by its vaguely lavender middle, ringed with deeper purple tones. It’s easy to see why this unique gem has been chosen to signify love and romance. At first contact, during the excavation process, the miners will happen upon Amethyst in its crystform, extruding from rugged Geodes like the spikes of a porcupine. This rough prize is then carefully cut, faceted and polished to achieve this almost otherworldly effusion.
Interestingly the use of Amethyst can be traced back to the Neolithic Period, some 6000 years ago. For this reason it is steeped in history and has long been celebrated as a divine symbol of a royal bloodline. At the same time it’s also often been linked with piety and celibacy, having been set into rings worn by members of the Catholic priesthood since the Middle Ages. Perhaps due, in part, to this religious association, Amethyst has been granted a reputation as a sanative and calming stone that confers certain enhancements to our vagaries of perception, especially when it comes to meditation and lucid dreaming.
There are many other narrative that might take you deeper into the pastel glow of Amethyst, luckily our favourite is quite short – it describes how wealthy lords would try to keep their sober wits by pouring wine for their guests and water for themselves, using goblets made of Amethyst. The gems natural, wine-coloured hue would then disguise their water as wine, thus making it seem as though they were joining in with the revelry, when in fact they were simply keeping a beady eye on the proceedings.
We offer an array of lucid Amethyst pieces in our Gold Boutique collection. Start your search for the perfect violet Valentine’s stone here.