Months in the Calendar February, Birthstone Amethyst
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
Months in the Calendar - February, Birthstone Amethyst
The piece below was
designed by Princess Beatrice, daughter of
Queen Victoria and is from an 1881
Today you can copy this idea using well crafted
calligraphy skills, or simply use a decorative font from the computer.
Add your own border using wrapping paper, decoupage or other
Februarius is named after Februa a purification
Aquarius January 21–February 21 Pisces February 22–March
February's Birthstone is Amethyst
A good quality amethyst will be a rich deep purple gem, but paler tones of lilacs to rose amethysts are available to suit many tastes and price ranges. The amethyst birthstone is very
hard wearing and this makes it a good jewellery buy.
The amethyst is the stone of Saint Valentine, and was
once the stone of Royals as purple was the colour of power.
is the perfect gemstone to give as a jewellery gift on Saint Valentine's
Day, which is celebrated on February 14th each year.
Derivation of amethyst - Latin amethystos (sober).
The stone is believed to protect wearers from getting too
intoxicated with alcohol.
diamond and amethyst earrings with matching pendant are by Kiran
Nirankari, a very talented and unique jewellery designer. Born
in India and having lived mostly in the USA, she has very skilfully
blended the ancient jewellery techniques of India.
These techniques include meena (enamelling), kundan
(gold foil used in setting Polkis) and polkis (flat real diamonds)
with the western designs. She uses coloured stones such as
topaz, peridots, citrines and amythest. On these she skilfully
designs pieces of jewellery in the kundan style. These artistically
designed stones are then made into very attractive western style
She has also designed jewellery using the ancient
style of Thewa. This uses 24k gold on coloured glass to blend with
contemporary designs. Her special feature is that she makes
one-of-a-kind pieces, always making newer designs. You can see and
appreciate her designs at her website
Birthstones of the Calendar
The name of many calendar months have Latin derivations. Birthstones were
initially linked to the Zodiac, but now are linked to calendar months.
jewellery has always been thought to have magical powers within them
with such powers passed to the wearer of the gem. This idea has been
revived by new age followers who extol the virtues of natural quartz
crystals. They emphasise the importance of good harmony, energy, chi,
balance, and healing. In addition the stones are often very pretty! Talismanic Jewellery has gained new importance since the millennium.
feel special wearing jewellery corresponding to their own birthstones. Many
people develop collections based around a fondness for their own
Some months of the year have two or three stones as birthstones.
New gems and semi precious stones have become more popular. Cultures
have merged and mixed so much in the
past 100 years, that original lists of birthstones popular in any one
country have tended to merge so that several stones are often featured in
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