February Birthstone: Amethyst

February's birthstone is a symbol for devotion, honesty and integrity.

Often used as a dream stone and believed by some to assist with insomnia, amethyst is a purple quartz, a stunning blend of violet and red. 

The gemstone was believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication. Amethyst is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.

Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry. Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.

 Mark Schneider custom designed ametrine. Amethyst and citrine grow in the same vein with a diamond swirl black cord. Beautiful, contemporary modern look. $7500

Mark Schneider custom designed ametrine. Amethyst and citrine grow in the same vein with a diamond swirl black cord. Beautiful, contemporary modern look. $7500

 Amethyst studs with diamond halo checkerboard cut. Rich, purple amethyst stone with bright white diamond halo. Classic with a modern twist – very chic. $575

Amethyst studs with diamond halo checkerboard cut. Rich, purple amethyst stone with bright white diamond halo. Classic with a modern twist – very chic. $575