February Birthstone: Amethyst

Happy birthday month, February babies!
Your birthstone is the beautiful purple gem, amethyst.

Gabriel & Co. Amethyst Birthstone Necklaces
Gabriel & Co. Amethyst Birthstone Necklaces, Left to Right:
Style # NK5241SV5AM - 925 Sterling Silver Round Amethyst & Diamond Necklace
#NK5965Y45AM - 14k Yellow Gold Round Amethyst & Diamond Necklace
  #NK2309W45AM - 14k White Gold Amethyst & Diamond Heart Pendant

             Amethyst is a purple quartz found in various locations around the world. Quartz is one of the most abundant materials on earth, but the purple variety is favored for its unique color. Throughout history, it has been very popular - in the Middle Ages, amethyst was even a symbol of royalty!  Its purple color can vary from pinkish violet to deep bluish violet:

Gabriel & Co. Amethyst Stud Earrings

Amethyst stud earrings by Gabriel & Co.
Style #EG10927W45AM - 14k White Gold Cushion Cut Amethyst & Diamond Stud Earrings
Style #EG13597W45AM - 14k White Gold Round Cut Amethyst & Diamond Stud Earrings
Actual colors may vary.

            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: 

Ametrine gemstone


             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)

Gabriel & Co. Amethyst Stackable Ring

Gabriel & Co. 14K White Gold Amethyst Stackable Ring
Style # LR50889W4JAM

            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!
Gabriel & Co. Sterling Silver/Stainless Steel Amethyst Bracelet Gabriel & Co. 925 Silver/stainless Steel Cushion Cut Twisted Cable Amethyst
Style # BG2963MXJAM

 Shop new and estate amethyst jewelry at our West Hartford and
Old Saybrook stores, and check out our collection online now by
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