February Birthstone:  Amethyst

Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and the traditional anniversary gemstone for the sixth year of marriage. February can often be a cold and dark month, so the amethyst, which is associated with peace, affection, and courage is the perfect gem for those who need a little extra strength and love this time of year.

Amethysts are composed of Quartz, the second most abundant material found in the Earth’s crust. The Amethyst possesses a distinct violet color and is among the popular gemstones around the world for its striking beauty, deep color, and minimum inclusion.  Amethyst stones range from light pink to dark purple. Their properties and textures change with the locations from where they are mined. The highest quality amethyst is a deep, medium purple with some rose coloring. Very few stones are homogeneous in their coloring due to a unique, layered crystal structure.

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Amethyst, long prized for its royal purple hue, is traditionally the color of royalty and has been used since the dawn of history to adorn the rich and powerful monarchs and rulers. Today, amethyst is a lovely and affordable gemstone that is readily available in a wide variety of cut and uncut stones that can be fashioned into custom amethyst rings, necklaces and charms and make the perfect gift for a February birthday as well as a wonderful way to delight someone whose favorite color is purple.

Amethyst History and Folklore

Purple dye was once so scarce and expensive that it was reserved for the garments of royalty, and the color came to symbolize power and status. Amethysts abound in the ornaments of the British Crown Jewels and in the adornments of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, as well. In Medieval Europe, Amethyst was thought to help keep a clear mind and contained healing properties. They have been found in ruins dating as far back as the ninth century, adorning royal jewelry, scepters, and crowns. Amethyst is said to bring clarity to emotions, feelings & values to the wearer.

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February’s Birthday

February’s birthstone shows off its striking and vibrant purple shades in our custom amethyst rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  J. Douglas Jewelers offers the highest quality products and specializes in custom designed jewelry. Our attention to detail, original designs, expert workmanship, and personal service will inspire you and invoke your trust. We can custom make engagement rings, wedding rings, pendants, rings, bracelets and almost anything you dream of. To discuss designing a custom piece of jewelry, please call us at (954) 972-1190.

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J. Douglas Jewelers is a family owned and operated store located in the Promenade at Coconut Creek. J. Douglas Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of watches.