The story of gemstones is as old as the hills in which they formed, millions of years ago. Ancient burial sites show that gems were used for weapons as well as for adornment for 20,000 years. Folklore and legends about gemstones have been handed down throughout the centuries, and the beauty of gemstones have been revered for thousands of years.
The power of gemstones: the history, healing properties and lore of gemstones are fascinating. Gemstones have long been thought to have medicinal properties. Chinese, asian and the ancient Ayurvedic ('knowledge of life') medicine still involves therapies of healing with gemstones.
At Beautiful Silver Jewelry we carry a selection of gemstones in our sterling silver jewelry designs... we're sure you'll find something you'll love!
Amethyst is February's Birthstone.
Amethyst is also the gem for the 4th (alt.), 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries as well as the zodiac sign of Aquarius.
Amethyst is Wednesday's Day-Of-Birth gemstone.
The color purple is traditionally the color of royalty and amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn the rich and powerful monarchs and rulers. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence.
And, because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, the amethyst gemstone was very important in the ornamentation in the churches in the Middle Ages.
In the past, great importance was attached to protection against passion: people hoped that by wearing amethyst they could cool their passion.
Amethyst was considered to be the stone of bishops and they still often wear amethyst jewelry.
The amethyst gemstone is said to bring serenity and calm, to enhance one's ability to assimilate new ideas, and to assist during meditation.