Birthstone – February

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February: It’s a calming purple Amethyst for you!

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

 

Who doesn’t go through those days of feeling dismal, dull, or a little low? And always, we’re not quite sure why we’re feeling so. Well, it might just be that stone you’re wearing. Or not wearing in this case—birthstones. Your birthstone could be the solution to your woes.

Traditionally, each month is assigned a particular gemstone. And according to the multitudes of myths and stories of the healing powers of birthstones, wearing a birthstone during the month assigned to it increases its therapeutic powers. The origin of wearing birthstones can be traced back to the time of the Biblical Aaron, the High priest of the Israelites. His breastplate contained twelve gemstones, one for each of the tribes of Israel. Age-old practice was to own all twelve of the stones and wear one on its assigned month.

Quite like the navaratnas that are famous in India. Though it has not been possible to trace the origin of wearing the navaratna, it has been proved beyond doubt that these nine gems were considered sacred and royal not just in India but across Asia. According to Hindu astrology, these gems can have both positive as well as negative influence.

However, the idea of wearing a single birthstone is fairly recent. Going by these recent developments, amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February. The colours of the amethyst crystal range from light pink to dark purple. It is believed that the amethyst can strengthen the immune system and heal illnesses of the skin and respiratory tract. The stone is also believed to purify negative energy, calm emotions, and basically lead you into a more meditative or tranquil state of mind. No wonder the ancient Greeks and Romans used it to foil the intoxicating powers of Bacchus—the god of wine!

Though amethyst crystals are found in different places across the earth, those of the highest quality are believed to come from Russia. The deeper the shade of purple, the costlier the amethyst gets. Go for a deep purple amethyst that is clear rather than cloudy. Pair this with platinum or silver and not only do you have a beautiful piece of ornament, but also a gemstone that is working to calm you and dispel negative energy around you. On the other hand, a string of diamond-cut amethysts entwined in thin gold wire should make for a breathtaking necklace or bracelet.

For benefits to the entire household you could go for tumbled amethyst stones, amethyst clusters or even geodes. While the tumbled stones are affordable and easy to carry around, the clusters can be used as showpieces. Geodes on the other hand are pieces of wonder by themselves. Place these around the house or in specific rooms and enjoy the result. And if you are particular enough to identify the feng-shui areas around your house and place these gemstones there, the effect is sure to double.

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