February's Birthstone - All About the Amethyst

February's Birthstone - All About the Amethyst

February 20, 2018

February's birthstone is the Amethyst, a stone known for its beautiful purple color. It is one of the most well-known gems, used in jewelry all around the world.

But what else makes amethyst so special? Here are a few interesting facts about February's birthstone.

What is Amethyst?

Amethyst is a quartz found in abundance throughout the world. Amethyst is found in North and South America, Africa, and Russia.

These ample amethyst reserves help to keep costs on the gem down. Also, while amethyst isn't as hard as emeralds, it's still hard enough for jewelry.
Combine this with its gorgeous lavender tint, and it's one of the most popular gemstones in the world.

Why is It Purple?

February's birthstone gets its famous purple color from iron growing within the crystal. The surrounding rock irradiates the iron and turns the crystal purple.
The purple color can vary, from pale to deep purple, depending on the crystal location.

Myth's and Amethyst

Like months with their horoscopes, gemstones have there own set of myths and properties associated with them. Many people believe that amethyst has healing and spiritual powers. While there's no evidence to support these claims, it is fun to read about.

Amethyst is seen as a "healing stone" that can provide the wearer with clarity. It is said to provide intellectual power, no matter the situation. Whether you are too arrogant or too timid, amethyst is said to balance out emotions.

Amethyst is also said to foster intelligence and prevent drunkenness, although I wouldn't bet my license on it. Whether or not you believe that amethyst stones have these metaphysical properties, there's no denying that it is a beautiful stone...

Amethyst and Jewelry

As previously mentioned, amethyst's color and hardness make it wonderful for jewelry. The value of amethyst is judged based almost entirely on its color, making the cut irrelevant. For this reason, you can find affordable amethyst jewelry in a variety of shapes and cuts.

Caring for Amethyst Jewelry

Amethyst is hard enough for jewelry, but that doesn't mean it is impervious to wear and tear. Scrapping against hard objects or other jewelry will damage it.

Take care when being active with your amethyst jewelry, and be sure to store it safely in a jewelry box. Additionally, prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause that lovely lavender color to fade, and exposure to heat will cause the stone to turn an ugly yellow-brown in color. For these reasons, warm and soapy water is all you'll need for cleaning amethyst jewelry.

February's Birthstone

Amethyst is cherished around the world for many reasons. It catches the eye, is in abundance, and it has spiritual and healing properties (if that's your thing). It's no wonder that amethyst is so sought after for jewelry.

If you're in the market for amethyst jewelry, an engagement ring for the Aquarius or Pisces in your life perhaps, come to Johnston Jewelers. We're the jewelers to adorn you in lavender and lilac. Please contact us today!

Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones on the planet, and it's obvious to see why. It is a beautiful stone for those born in February and any other month for that matter.

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