Amethyst - February Birthstone

Amethyst - February Birthstone

Published On: 11-11-2011 01:33pm

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Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. Purple is my favorite color so I am excited to bring you some Amethyst pieces to celebrate Februrary Birthdays.

Amethyst occurs in primary hues from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue. The ideal grade is called "Deep Siberian" and has a primary purple hue of around 75–80 percent, 15–20 percent blue and (depending on the light source) red secondary hues.  See my blog on Ametrine to find out about how closely Citrine and Amethyst are related.

Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems.  The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication, while medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle.

Amethyst is found in multiple places around the world including Brazil, South Korea, Lower Austria, Russia, India, and Zambia.  Amethyst also occurs at many localities in the United States including Arizona, Texas, Yellowstone National Park, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine, and in the Lake Superior region. Amethyst is relatively common in Ontario, and in various locations throughout Nova Scotia.

Happy Birthday Februrary!

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