Amethyst - February Birthstone Jewelry
Amethyst rings are a perfect February birthday gift.
Amethyst is a regal color that frequently appears in royal and religious jewelry. Buddhists have believed amethyst enhances meditation, and the gemstone is often used for Tibetan prayer beads. Other cultures have associated amethyst with peace, balance and courage, and with the ability to cure insomnia and relieve pain.
Amethyst is the birthstone of February - and is a variety of Quartz that has a broad range of purple color from a blend of deep violet and red to a lighter lilac hue. Most Amethyst is mined in southwestern Brazil and Uruguay and found in geodes within volcanic rocks.
Amethyst as a favorite color Having either purple or violet as your favorite color means you are sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive. With a gentle and free spirit, you often think of others before yourself and are the person others come to for help.
Amethyst - is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gemstone. Ancient Greeks thoughtamethyst guarded against intoxication and associated these gems with the wine god, Bacchus. In fact, “amethyst” comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.”
Caring for your Amethyst Rings - Amethyst has a score of 7 on the Mohs hardness scale with 10 being most durable, so it is strong enough for rings and daily wear. However like most jewelry, care should be taken to protect the stone from scratching against hard surfaces. Amethyst can also be damaged by some acids and cleaning solutions so it's best not to wear amethyst jewelry, or any jewelry for that matter while cleaning. For a beautiful sparkle, clean your jewelry with mild soap and warm water. Ultrasonic cleaners are safe unless there is a repaired fracture in the stone. It is recommended not to steam clean this gemstone.
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