Amethyst is the birthstone for February, represents the sixth wedding anniversary, and represents the zodiac signs Aquarius and Picese. Amethyst is a quartz with colors ranging from a lilac color to a deep wine-like color purple. Some of the lilac colors can carry more of a pink hue, than a purple hue.
Where Does the Name Amethyst Come From?
The name “amethyst” originates from the Greek word amethystos, which means “a remedy against drunkenness.” With its deep wine-like color, early Greek mythology associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine.
February Birthstone Amethyst Jewelry
#1 Perfect to Wear Everyday
Amethyst is durable for everyday wear with a MOHs hardness scale rating of 7. Over time it may show wear and require re-polishing especially if kept next to harder stones. Harder stones include rubies, sapphires and diamonds.
#2 Amethyst Sources
Russia was the major source of amethyst until the 19th century. Once large deposits were found in Brazil, amethyst was suddenly in abundance. Today, the most important sources of amethyst are in Africa and South America. Brazil is still a major supplier, especially Rio Grande do Sul. Amethyst from Brazil sometimes forms in hollow, crystal-lined caves so large you can stand in them.
#3 Amethyst Jewelry Cleaning
Amethyst jewelry can be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner, but not steamed. A soft brush with mild soap is the safest option.However, if you have any hesitation we are here to help. Bring in all your jewelry to have cleaned professionally here at Joseph’s Jewelry.
#4 Synthetic Amethysts
In the 1970s, synthetic amethyst was created using the same chemical properties as natural amethyst. In today’s jewelry market, you can find both synthetic and natural amethyst anywhere.
At Joseph’s Jewelry, we carry numerous elegant Amethyst jewelry pieces catering to every budget, and desired style. We are here to help residents in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie to find your perfect jewelry piece, complete a jewelry set, or make a custom jewelry design as unique as you are! We will also repair and restore your jewelry pieces and watches whether or not they were purchased through us. Come in anytime to check out our unique diamond rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and Citizen Eco Drive watches in stock for a celebration, last-minute gift, or spontaneous surprise.