Happy birthday month, February babies! Your birthstone is the beautiful purple gem, amethyst.
Amethyst is a purple quartz found all over the world. Quartz is one of the most abundant materials on earth, but the purple variety is favored for its unique color. In the Middle Ages, this stone was even a symbol of royalty!
Its purple color can vary from pinkish violet to deep bluish violet. The Pantone Color of the Year is Ultra Violet, which means that amethyst is predicted to be very popular in 2018. Learn more about this year's color on our blog here.
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Sometimes amethyst crystals and citrine crystals (another quartz gem) grow together, creating a rare multi-colored gemstone known as ametrine. This stone offers one-of-a-kind color patterns and is perfect for those seeking unique jewelry! Check out this photo from GIA, the Gemological Institute of America: Throughout history, people have associated this gemstone with peace and strength. The Ancient Greeks also believed amethyst had the ability to ward off drunkenness! The word “amethyst” actually comes from the Greek word “methustos,” which means “intoxicated.” (Ref.; American Gem Society)
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Amethyst is a durable gemstone, rating a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. For reference, diamond, the hardest gemstone, is a 10. Amethyst is great for all jewelry, including rings and bracelets. With proper care, your amethyst jewelry will last for years to come, eventually becoming heirloom pieces!
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