Tuesday, February 2, 2010

February's Birthstone

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and for the zodiac signs Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) and Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20). It is also the anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 6th year of marriage.

Care: Amethyst often becomes paler if kept out in the sun. Clean your Amethyst with warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush. Keep away from strong chemicals and avoid sudden temperature changes.

Healing ability: Amethyst magnifies psychic abilities and right-brain activity. It strengthens immunity, while energizing and purifying the blood. Ametyst relieves headaches, improves blood sugar imbalance.

Mystical power: The Greek work "amethystos" basically can be translated as "not drunken" , expresses the ancient folk belief that the stone protects its owner against drunkenness. As the myth goes, drinking wine from an Amethyst goblet would prevent one from becoming inebriated. The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety.

Amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy. Because of that, amethyst was very important in the ornamentation of churches in the Middle Ages. Bishops still often wear amethyst rings. In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.

Amethyst is regarded as a love charm and as a protection against thieves. Placed under the pillow at night, the beautiful amethyst is believed to produce a calm and peaceful sleep.Amethyst is given as a symbol of sincerity, security, and peace of mind.

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