Amethyst is the recognized birthstone for February, as well as for the sixth year of marriage.
Amethyst is a variety of quartz, and comes in pale lilac to nearly black/ purple shades. Ideally, it is a deep medium purple with rose-colored flashes that give amethyst its beauty and fire. Because of its abundance, it is readily available in all sizes and shapes. It is durable and can be worn every day.
Coupled with the folk legend of the Greeks that it will prevent intoxication when worn, it becomes a very desirable gem!
Amethyst was said to have a sobering effect on the wearer -- not only those who imbibed but on those over-excited by love's passion as well. It has symbolized peace, protection and tranquility. Some say it will prevent baldness and improve the complexion, while protecting from treason and deceit. Because royalty has always adored the color purple, amethysts abound in the ornaments of ancient Greeks and Egyptians, and in the British Crown Jewels.
As with all gemstones, care should be taken to protect it from scratches and sharp blows. As part of the finishing process, amethyst occasionally is heated to lighten its color.
Amethysts are found mainly in Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia.
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