In many cultures birthstones are a well established tradition whereby a gem is associated with a birth month. Each stone has a special meaning and it is believed by many that wearing your birthstone will bring good fortune.
The birthstone for February is the vibrant Amethyst. This is the purple variety of the quartz mineral species and is fairly commonly found, and so is an affordable semi-precious stone, and a stunning addition to any jewellery collection! It is currently mostly mined in Africa, South America and the US. In one mine in Bolivia, amethyst and citrine co-exist in the same crystal and so are called ametrine. This half purple and half yellow stone is becoming increasingly popular.
The name “amethyst” comes from the Greek amethystos, which means “a remedy against drunkenness”! Very fitting for the birthstone that comes after dry January! Because of its wine-like color, early Greek mythology associated amethysts with Bacchus, the god of wine. Amethyst is also believed to keep the wearer clear headed and quick witted in battle and business affairs!
February is also the month where we celebrate Valentine’s and the patron saint of romantic love, St Valentine, wore and amethyst ring carved with the image of cupid.
The Swiss Blue birthstone collection consists of bracelets and earrings created with the semi-precious birthstone and using sterling silver or gold filled beads and earhoops. Both these precious metals are hypo-allergenic and lightweight, so ideal for everyday wear. This collection is available online at www.swissblue.co Use the code VIVA10 at the checkout to get 10% off your order! (One time use per customer)
Liz Le Feuvre
Liz set up Swiss Blue jewellery three years ago and is inspired by the colours and textures found by the lakes and mountains in Switzerland. She enjoys creating pieces that are attractive and enduring, using high quality materials and stones, and loves to make jewellery that makes YOU feel special everyday!