Welcome February, and welcome the birthstone of the month: amethyst. Don’t expect the popularity of the oft-purple gemstone to dwindle once March rolls around: With Radiant Orchid running the color scheme in 2014, this is, in fact, the year of amethyst. Most often spotted in shades of lilac but also prominently in pink and green, amethyst is thought to protect its wearer from poison, with its name translating from the Greek meaning “without drunkenness.” It’s been said that one can rub amethyst across his forehead for headache relief, and putting a piece under your pillow will bring sweet dreams. It is often worn by healers, with the belief that it can help to cure breathing or bloodstream problems. Amethyst is also known as bishop’s stone, symbolizing piety and wisdom among other things, and often worn by Catholic bishops. All of these properties are desirable but are simply bonuses to the already intriguing look of amethyst, particularly in the latest designs. I’m so happy to see designers doing exciting new things with amethyst, from high-end pieces in intricate designs to sterling silver finds worthy of self-purchasing anytime. Grab some of these pieces for your showcases while you celebrate the month—year, actually—of amethyst.
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