February is already here, and the Jewelry on Etsy Team celebrates the month offering you many lovely selections that feature the February birthstone, amethyst! Its name comes from the ancient Greek word “amethystos”, meaning “sober” - amethysts were thought to keep people from getting drunk!
The beautiful amethyst pieces shown above represent just a few of the wonderful jewelry designs offered by members of the JET team - there are many more! Clockwise from main picture, are: 1. Amethyst Lariat Necklace by Foret; 2. Amethyst and Gold Wrap Bracelet from LeesEarringBoutique, 3. Amethyst Earrings by EveryDayaPromise, and 4. an Amethyst and Silver Bracelet from NancysCrystalFantasi
Amethyst is actually a type of quartz, and comes in many shades of purple. It is found in many places, and in many forms all around the world. Its distinctive color is produced by traces of iron in the quartz, and that color can be anything from a very pale lilac to a very dark purple. In 3. below you can see a beautiful amethyst stalactite slice from GemUnderground, a wonderful example of naturally-occurring amethyst. Raw amethyst can be exceptionally beautiful! The stunning pendant at 1. below from BeadzNBling features a raw amethyst geode stone.
Amethyst has always been considered a gemstone, and this status dates back to the days of ancient Egypt, Babylon, and other ancient civilisations! It was included in pieces of jewelry that were made then, as well as being incorporated into ornate items such as chalices and goblets. Believed by many throughout history to ward off evil thoughts, this beautiful gemstone has also been thought to increase intelligence, bring calm and inner peace, and to aid in living a life of holiness!
This stunning stone was also set into the breastplate worn by the high priest in ancient Israel, and has been incorporated in royal vestments throughout centuries - its deep purple color has long been considered a royal hue. The deep purple chunky earrings shown at 2. below were made by CapitalCityCrafts and are a great example!
There are so many more fascinating things to learn about amethyst, why not check them out! Meanwhile, be sure to peek in a shop from the Jewelry on Etsy Team to find beautiful amethyst jewelry items to wear and to give as gifts.