AMETHYST: THE FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE

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Amethyst crystals (also known as purple quartz) are the February birthstone, the month of love on the calendar. Amethyst is one of the valuable mineral and gemstone. Amethyst’s name is derived from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning “not drunken,” and the gemstone is widely popular for its healing properties and emitting tranquillity.

The history of amethyst traces back to Greek Gods regarding the purple gemstones as a remedy to prevent excessive drunkenness. The Greek mythology associated the gemstone amethyst with the god of wine, Bacchus. During that period, it was believed, individuals that wore the gemstone were ahead in business affairs as it provided the wittiness and clarity of mind. In the history, it is rumoured that Saint Valentine had an image of Cupid carved on an amethyst ring.

10K Gold Amethyst Ring

Russia was considered as one of the main sources of this gemstone till the 19th century. In current times, Africa and South America are the most important sources of amethyst, with major supply being provided by Brazil. The gemstone is formed in hollow, and large crystal – lined geodes. A variety of Amethyst gemstones can be found in beautiful range of purple colour palette. the gemstone varies in colour tones ranging from youthful lilac, to magical violet and the intense colour of royal purple.

Amethyst Sterling Silver Earrings

Amethyst scores a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale (the most durable is 10). Amethyst is known for their hardness and durability. They can be worn on a daily basis, by ensuring proper care. Amethyst tends to crack due to changes in the temperature, also wearing regularly requires cleaning and polishing the gemstone from time to time. If you prefer wearing this gemstone more frequently, make sure to keep it away from rough surfaces or materials that can cause scratch mark on the gemstone. Amethyst can also be damaged if subjected to any sort alkaline solution and acids. Remove the gemstone jewelry during daily chores or any activity. This prevents the amethyst to come in contact with any harsh chemicals or sweat. Abrasive chemicals in home cleaning solution, can easily lead to damaging the gemstone and losing its natural radiance. Also, wearing jewelry during athletic activities can possibly lead to breakage, severe damage and even losing it in some scenario.

14K Gold Amethyst Pendant

Use a solution of mild soap and warm water to clean your amethyst jewelry. Soak them in the liquid solution for about 20 – 25 minutes, to remove the accumulated dirt on the surface. take a soft bristle toothbrush to clean the gemstone in circular motion after taking it out from the solution. After the scrubbing procedure is done, rinse the amethyst thoroughly with warm water to remove any remaining residue. Use a dry towel to wipe the gemstone for the final step and leave it to air dry before wearing the gemstone.

In case you’re storing the gemstone back, make sure to keep them in a separate box. Use a silk-based box or soft cloth to wrap your amethyst jewelry. Store your gemstones in individual box to avoid causing scratches when in contact with other jewelry material.

If you’re considering to purchase a gift for a birthday gift or a special occasion, amethyst makes the perfect adornment this month. From studded earrings to elegant rings, you can choose from a variety of jewelry pieces of your choice. Head to our website – https://glitzjewelry.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=amethyst to view more amethyst jewelry collection designed just for you!

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