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Amethyst Colored Stone - February Birthstone - Kitsinian Jewelers

February 05, 2019


If you were born in the month of February, your birthstone is amethyst – the purple variety of quartz. Its beautiful purple hues can be cut into many shapes and sizes, and it can be produced in a lab as well as mined. Amethyst, the February birthstone, can be found in throughout the world. If your birthday is in February, then wearing an amethyst can also be a symbol of personal empowerment and inner strength.


The name “amethyst” derives from the Greek amethystos, which means “a remedy against drunkenness,” a benefit long ascribed to the purple birthstone. Because of its rich wine-like color, early Greek mythology associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine. Amethyst was also believed to keep the wearer clear headed and quick witted in battle and business affairs. Renaissance Europeans thought it calmed lovers overrun by passion.

 Historically, royals have admired the deep purple hue of the February birthstone since at least the days of Alexander the Great. Amethyst lore also includes several claims to mystical powers, including that it would convey strength and wit to those who wore it. If you celebrate a February birthday, wearing an amethyst can be a symbol of personal empowerment and inner strength.


Geographically the most important sources of amethyst today are in Africa and South America. Brazil in particular especially the southern part of Brazil. Amethyst is also found in the United States, near Phoenix, Arizona. The Four Peaks amethyst mine is located high in the most rugged part of the Mazatzal Mountains. 


Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This means that it is appropriate for daily use in rings and other jewelry, but over time it may show wear and require repolishing. Amethyst gemstone jewelry can be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner, but steam cleaning is not recommended. A soft hand brush with mild soap is the safest option.
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