Amethyst - The Birthstone of February


Purple, is the color of the beautiful lilac, lavender and hyacinth. It is also the colour of the amethyst. This color speaks elegant, mysterious, noble and solemn charm.

The beautiful purple amethyst is the birthstone of February, and it is also the commemorative gem of the sixth anniversary of marriage.


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The name "amethyst" is derived from the Greek "amethystos", which means "not drunk". The ancient Greeks associated it with the god of wine Bacchus, thinking that it has the function of preventing drunk and keep people awake.

As the birthstone of February, the dark amethyst has similar colour to the wine. Also, every February is when the wine is bottled for citation. When people enjoy and appreciate the beauty of wine, it is so easy to associate the colour of wine with the rich purple hue of amethyst.

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Since the time of Alexander the Great, members of the royal family have admired the charming amethyst for its mysterious power - convey strength and wit to those who wear it.

Empress Catherine II of Russia had a habit of decorating herself with gemstones, especially amethyst necklaces, earrings and other accessories.

A gorgeous lavish Cartier designed amethyst bib necklace was famous for the jewelry connoisseur Wallis, Duchess of Windsor wore it to a gala in Versailles and made a memorable statement in 1953.


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Before the 19th century, Russia was the main source of amethyst. Due to the scarcity, its value was once comparable to ruby and emerald. By the 19th century, a large number of amethyst deposits were discovered in Brazil. A large number of amethyst came into the market, which lowered the financial value of this gem. However, the wonderful news was that we could use lots of amethyst in jewellery design without hesitation.

Today, the most important amethyst producing areas are Africa and South America, such as the Kalibar mine in Zambia, which not only has large reserves, but also is of high quality with richly saturated colors. Amethyst is also found in Arizona and USA, where producing rich and beautiful deep purple hue of amethysts.


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If you were born in February or you want to select a gift for a friend born in February, an amethyst would definitely be a great choice. Here is some tips for you to pick an amethyst.

The first thing to look when picking an amethyst is the color. Amethysts come in colors ranging from different shades of purple, sometimes even pink. In the market, the most valuable hue is a strong reddish purple shade, but everyone has different taste, so you just need to know which is your favourite colour.

The second thing to consider is clarity. Most amethysts have excellent clarity. It is hard to see inclusions with your naked eyes.

The size and cutting can also effect the price of amethysts. Amethyst is suitable for shaping into all kinds of cutting, so custom, advanced and creative cutting will add extra value to amethysts. It is easy to find large size amethyst than other gems, so its price increase gradually.


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Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which means it is a gemstone appropriate for daily use. However, this gem could be scratched or damaged by harder gems such as diamonds, sapphires and rubies, if you keep them together. So it is always safe when you keep your jewellery alone.

When it comes to cleaning the amethyst, warm soap water and a soft brush is always the safest option. If you worried that you can’t clean your amethyst jewellery thoroughly, it can be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner, but steam cleaning is not recommended.


Amethyst Neckace

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