February Birthstone-Amethyst

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Amethyst is the February birthstone. It is a purple quartz found in many parts of the world, such as Brazil, U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Zambia, India and Sri Lanka. In the past the Ural Mountains in Russia produced the best amethysts. A large collection of these gem stones are found among the jewelry of the Czars of Russia.

Amethysts have always been associated with the royalty, and in the past only members of the royalty had the privilege of wearing jewelry set with these stones. The commoners never attempted to wear them, as these gems were only reserved for those in power.


Amethyst was a gem stone that had played a part in ancient history in various myths and legends. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that these gems can neutralize the evil powers of Bacchus. There is another ancient belief that these gems can sharpen your intelligence and protect you from intoxication.


Since ancient times amethysts were associated with romance and passion, and had been the choicest gifts of the nobility to please and satisfy their Queens and Princesses. Even today people around the world who are romantically inclined, cherish amethyst as a symbol of romance and passion.


Amethyst being a quartz is made up of Silicon Dioxide (SiO2).It's hardness is quite good, being 7 on the Mohr's scale. The color, hardness, and affordability, makes amethyst one of the most sought after of colored stones today.

Rough Amethyst

Amethyst

 

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