Monday, February 1, 2010

February Birthstones - Amethyst & Bloodstone

The Traditional, Modern and Ayurvedic birthstone for the month of February is Amethyst. Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the Ancient Greek a- ("not") and methustos ("intoxicated"), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness; the ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. It has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale & can be various shade of purple, violet, to lavender.
The Mystical birthstone for February is Bloodstone. The mineral heliotrope, also known as bloodstone, is a form of chalcedony. The "classic" bloodstone is green chalcedony with red inclusions of iron oxide or red jasper. It has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. The red spots were once thought during the Middle Ages to be drops of Christ's blood, and that the stone held special powers. See our Bloodstone beads here.

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