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February Birthstone: Amethyst

by Josh on February 1, 2011

Amethyst

Welcome to February, another month closer to spring!

This month’s birthstone is the beautiful Amethyst stone.  Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz.  It is mostly found in Central & South America, specifically Brazil & Mexico. In terms of color, Amethyst can range from a light pinkish violet tone to a deep purple variety.  Amethyst is a semi-precious stone and can be worn for everyday use.  It is a 7 on the hardness scale (1-10) and is acceptable for everyday use.  (In comparison, a diamond is a 10 on the hardness scale and a sapphire is a 9.)

I recommend amethysts for earrings, necklaces & rings.  Amethysts are great for the fall and winter seasons.  Amethysts are good for dress-up and special occasions, but are also great for everyday casual wear.

A fun fact:

According to ancient Greek mythology, the amethyst stone was supposed to prevent their owner from intoxication.  As a result, many wine goblets were carved from amethyst so citizens could prevent public drunkenness and making a fool of themselves.  (Hmm, maybe we should bring these back)

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