Amethyst and Jasper are the primary gemstones that celebrate the month of February according to our present day calendar system that most people use. For those who may be interested; listed below are other schools of thought and the corresponding gemstones for the month of February. I will focus on Amethyst and Jasper for this blog.
Modern Calendar System: Amethyst
- Adopted by “Jewellers of America” in 1912
Mystical Birthstone: Bloodstone
Tibetan origin that date back over a thousand years.
Ayurvedic Birthstone: Amethyst
Date back to Indian Medicine and beliefs from 1500 BC.
Zodiac or Star Signs:
Zodiac Aquarius Sign: Jan. 21 - Feb.19: Jasper
Zodiac Pisces Sign: Feb. 20 - March 20: Ruby
Planetary Stones: Ancient beliefs associated specific gemstones with the planets. It was thought that wearing the stone associated with the ruling planets at your time of birth would offer positive effects in your life.
Aquarius: Uranus - Turquoise
Pisces: Neptune - Aquamarine
Amethyst is one of the gemstones that has been loved and admire by all since ancient times. Primary hues of its crystal formations vary from a light pinkish violet to a rich deep purple.
Tibetans consider Amethyst sacred to the Buddha and would make prayer beads from it. In the Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia. Prior to large deposits being found in Brazil, in the Old World, it was classified as one of the five Cardinal gemstones; precious above all others. The gems purple colour associated with Christ, representing purity of spirit. The Ancient Egyptians also crafted the gemstone into amulets as both a form of prayer and protection against harm.
Ancient Gold Amethyst Ring - Circa 1100
And for the love birds out there…St. Valentine was said to have worn an amethyst ring carved with Cupid’s likeness!!!!
Red Jasper is traceable to all ancient peoples and civilizations. It was considered a sacred and powerful protection gemstone for both the physical world and in the spiritual realm. Ancient Egyptians would carve symbols and inscriptions from the Book of the Dead onto the gemstones that were buried with mummified remains for safe passage in the after life.
Raw Red Jasper
Also known as a “divining stone” in ancient and medieval times; master of the wind and rain, to be called upon in secret to save harvests during times of drought or save ships from violent storms. Brown or Green Jaspers were considered the most powerful for this purpose.
Beautiful colours of tumbled Jasper.
Jasper may be found all over the world in nearly every colour; best known for its deep earth tones of red, yellow, brown and green. Each stone is a masterpiece of the Creator: a wonderful display of contrasting bands of colours and form, similar to places and animals found in nature.
Tip: For those who like to tumble their own stones, be sure to check your stones “hardness classification,” and not mix softer stones with stones of a harder grade. Most jaspers and agates can be tumbled together.
Hope you are all enjoying the longer days...Spring is just around the corner!!
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