February, the 2nd month of the year and the birth month for both Aquarius and Pisces has the radiant purple stone amethyst as it’s beloved gemstone. Amethysts contain the second most abundant mineral found in Earth’s crust – quartz. Quartz is often found lining the insides of geodes.
The amethyst takes on a lot of positive and healthy traits – it is know to help enable sincerity, peace of mind, and good health. It is a stone of protection, encourages self control, helps to overcome difficulty, and is also believed to help steady a restless mind and support mental and emotional well-being.
The amethyst has been given many nicknames through the centuries. It’s often called "The Stone of Mind" because of its ability to enhance and improve meditation, memory, and motivation. This gorgeous gemstone is a stone that helps charge spiritual meaning and deeper connection to the universe. It opens and activates the crown chakra.
The amethyst’s name is derived from the Greek word, amethystos, which roughly translates to “remedy against drunkenness" or "without drunkenness." For that reason, another popular nickname for the amethyst is "The Sobriety Stone." Many healing properties are associated with the amethyst, but its ability to cure withdrawal symptoms is among its most famous assets.
Amethysts are very sensitive to heat. When heated to 400 or 500 degrees Celsius, an amethyst’s color changes to a brownish-yellow or red. Under some circumstances, the stones can turn green when heated. Heat may even transform an amethyst into a naturally rare mineral called citrine. And even without heating, the violet color of an amethyst may fade over time, so be sure to be gentle with your amethyst jewelry!