February Birthstone - Amethyst
The gemstone, Amethyst is a beautiful purple variety of quartz, that can be found in many localities all over the world. The Amethyst gemstone, a striking blend of red and violet, occurs from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Historically, the finest Amethysts were mined in Russia and as such the purple Amethyst was featured in much royal European jewelry. The best grade Amethysts are found in Siberia, Sri Lanka and the far East. The highest grade is called “Deep Siberian” and has a primary purple hue of 75-80%, with 15-20% blue hues, and red secondary hues. Today, Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone.
The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” as this stone was once believed to protect its owner from drunkenness. Ancient Greeks and Romans were known to stud their goblets with Amethysts as to make the wine drunk from an Amethyst cup powerless to intoxicate. It is no wonder that the characteristics associated with the Amethyst are calmness and intellectual reasoning. The Amethyst is a beautiful royal purple stone that pairs well with both gold and silver jewelry making very popular. In addition, it's widely available in different shapes and sizes creating more affordable options.