2nd February 2017
February Birthstone: Amethyst
The alluring amethyst is a variety of quartz, and enjoys a history both luxurious and hedonistic. It was first named from the Ancient Greek amethystos, meaning, ‘not drunken’, and was used to create opulent goblets for wine, which the Greeks believed would prevent them from succumbing to the effects of their merriment.
In spiritual circles, the amethyst symbolises peace, courage and strength, as well as clear and quick thinking. Tibetan Buddhists use the sacred amethyst to carve prayer beads, and was also used extensively in the Christian church as a symbol of holiness.
Purple is often associated with royalty, and the amethyst has featured strongly in royal families the world round. Wallis Simpson (married to the Duke of Windsor, who abdicated his British throne for love), was gifted a stunning Cartier necklace featuring a large heart-shaped amethyst at its centre, as well as 27 further amethysts set amongst turquoise and diamonds. Queen Victoria inherited a breathtaking amethyst set during her reign, part of which is now worn by Queen Elizabeth II on royal occasions, and the Swedish royal family share an impressive set that includes a tiara, brooches, pins, earrings and bracelets.
Amethysts, however, are not only for royalty; for those born in February, the amethyst is your birthstone. Why not check your Bounty Candle for a violet surprise?
Below are some examples of beautiful and GENUINE amethyst pieces of jewellery that can be found inside your Bounty Candle or Bounty Melts this month!
Remember, you won’t find any synthetic or fake gemstones inside our candles <3
Are you a February baby? Do you love amethyst? Let us know in the comments below!