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Birthstone Story: February – Amethyst

February’s Birthstone is Amethyst

The idea of gems corresponding to months of birth can be traced to early 18th century Poland but didn’t really catch on until 1912, when the National Association of Jewelers (Jewelers of America) got involved.  The list of birthstones hasn’t changed since then except to add tanzanite for December.

 

The captivating purple quartz known as amethyst is February’s birthstone.  The gem gets it color from high energy radiation (e.g., gamma rays and the presence of iron).  Don’t worry, the radiation is safe (READ HERE). 

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Did you know that all citrine was once an amethyst?  The only chemical difference between amethyst and citrine is the oxidized state of the iron impurities.

 

Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Argentina, as well as in several African countries.  Typically, larger sizes can be found in South America, although Africa has the deeper color in smaller sizes.  The darker Amethyst is also found in Australia.  The Smithsonian has an amethyst that weighs over 400 lbs!400 lbs amethyst

 

Amethyst has been sought after since the time of the ancients Greeks who associated the gem with the wine god, Bacchus.  They believed wearing it could ward off drunkenness.  In fact, the word amethystos means “not drunk” in ancient Greek.  It also came to mean a sober and serious mind.

 

Amethyst is believed to offer spiritual protection against negative energy. It’s associated with awakening higher consciousness, assisting in wise decision-making, and facilitating meditation and intuition.Amethyst slice necklace with rhinestones and gemstone chain

 

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