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February Birthstone of the Month - Amethyst!

February Birthstone of the Month - Amethyst! Amethyst1-92The birthstone for February, Amethyst is said to be the stone of St. Valentine known as the gem for lovers. It was believed that he wore a ring with Cupid's figure inscribed on it. Affiliated with fidelity, passion and love, the stone is so brilliant that it encourages a positive outlook towards commitment and loyalty to your partner.

Amethyst was also thought to be the first stone beautifully carved in heart shape. It makes sense why this gem is associated with the 6th year wedding anniversary and the February birthstone.

Amethyst is another variety of quartz that typically comes in a violet color caused by manganese and iron impurities. While it’s usually seen as purple, the stone has an extensive array of hues such as pale violet, pinkish violet, light lilac, lavender and deep purple.

True amethyst has been highly regarded for many centuries. Up to the 18th century, the gem was very rare, but the great discovery of large deposits in Brazil caused the decrease on its value and so the price.

February Birthstone of the Month - Amethyst! Amethyst2-19With its significant occurrences, amethyst crystals are heat treated to produce citrines intended for commercial market. The high temperature can alter the purple color to lighter shades like yellow orange or yellow brown.

If you wish to restore the violet tone, keep it away from direct sunlight and excessive heat.

Aside from Brazil, some portions of amethyst can be mined in Uruguay, Zambia, Sri Lanka and Russia.

Just like the other form of quartz, amethyst has a hardness rating of 7 in the Mohs scale which makes it a durable stone for jewelry.

Since it’s associated with Valentine’s Day, exquisite jewelry items such as amethyst earrings, rings, necklaces, brooches, pendants, bangles, and bracelets can be a splendid gift choice for that romantic occasion. Donning this magnificent collection surely catches attention. The sparkling purple tone it radiates brings to mind elegance, style and sensuality.

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