Gem Stories: Amethyst
February's traditional birthstone is amethyst, but I'd love it to be mine too! After reading Victoria Finlay's Jewels: A Secret History, I've become somewhat more liberated in regards to adopting other gems as my own birthstones.
Apparently, during the glorious year of 1912 in of all places Kansas City, Missouri, an official meeting of the American National Association of Jewelers came up with an arbitrary list of birthstones based on gems they most wanted to sell. Lucky for me this group of marketing savvy jewelers chose garnet for January, which is one that both looks good on me, and I adore; however, I would have been just as happy with an amethyst. Life is no longer neat and tidy anymore! I invite you to throw caution to the wind and adopt your own personal birthstones :)
A member of the quartz family, amethyst has always drawn me in with her intoxicating hues of lavenders and deep violets. Known as a stone of transformation, amethyst awakens spiritual journeys and new levels of consciousness. An amethyst crystal is believed to take your lower vibrations and transform them into higher energy. If you are experiencing any type of change, loss, or grief, then amethyst is going to be a great source of comfort.
Even though I don't totally understand the science behind a gemstone's structure and its healing powers, this connection between transformation and amethyst doesn't surprise. Intuitively I know its color soothes me like seeing the end of a gorgeous sunset, and when I hold any type of quartz in my hand I feel the awesome power of how the earth conducts energy through its body of minerals.
I think the most important aspect of connecting with any particular gemstone, is to first sense what you are feeling when you hold it in your hand and gaze at its color. If you trust the voice inside, then you'll truly understand its personal significance. You have an inner knowing that is deeper then any words found in a book or outlined on an arbitrary list.