February is a month of cold, wintry weather; so it’s not a surprise that Amethyst is Februaries cool colored gemstone. Amethyst boasts a vibrant purple color that is believed to bring the wearer peace, courage and stability, which (let’s be honest) we all need during the colder months.
- Amethyst is made of Quartz, which is the second most abundant material found in the Earth’s crust.
- The name Amethyst comes from ancient Greek “methustos” meaning intoxicated. Ancient wearers believed the gem could protect them from drunkenness.
- The purple color comes from irradiation, iron impurities and trace elements.
- Often occurs in geodes or cavities of rocks and can be found all over the world.
- Only the royals were known to wear Amethyst, so it is considered a royal gemstone.
Taking care of any gemstone is important to ensuring its longevity. Amethyst is 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, which means although it is durable for every day wear it can be scratched by rough materials and may have to be polished after years of wear.
Amethyst can be cleaned with warm soapy water as well as the ultrasonic cleaner. Steam cleaning is not recommended as it can cause the stone to fracture.
Since Amethyst is such an abundant stone, it is commonly found in most jewelry stores, but not all Amethyst is created equal. When looking for an Amethyst keep in mind they come in a variety of purple colors ranging from light purple to a more vibrant or reddish purple. The most coveted colors are the vibrant purple or reddish purple. If you are on a budget the paler color purples tend to be less expensive.
Most Amethyst have excellent clarity, so when looking at an Amethyst make sure that it’s not too dark in tone to where it looks black and that there Is no color zoning (changing colors in different directions).
Cut is one of the most important factors when it comes to any gemstone. The right cut will allow the stone to sparkle. Amethyst is available in a wide range of cuts and carat weights, so it makes the perfect gemstone for people who like to go bold or like something a little simpler.