February's Birthstone Amethyst: Fun Facts
Every gem has its story and so does amethyst. Let's get into some interesting facts about this mesmerizing gemstone.
- Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and the official gem for those born under the sign of Pisces.
- Amethyst is also the gemstone marking 6th & 17th wedding anniversaries.
- The name "amethyst" originates from the Greek word "amethystos," meaning "sober" or "not intoxicated." The ancient Greeks claimed the gemstone saved them from drunkenness. To this day, you can find cups made from amethyst designed to protect oneself from drunkenness.￼
- It's said that Saint Valentine, the patron saint of romantic
love, wore an amethyst ring decorated with the portrait of Cupid.
- Amethyst was considered a rare gemstone until the 19th century, and was almost as valuable as rubies and emeralds.
This all changed when Brazil found huge quantities of the now semi-precious gemstone.
- All amethyst gemstones are purple. However the intensity of the color determines its value. Those with a vivid, deep purple color are uncommon and more valuable.
- The majority of amethyst deposits come from Brazil and Uruguay. Light colored amethyst is mostly found in Brazil, while the most beautiful and deepest colored amethyst is found in Uruguay.
- Amethyst encourages bravery, calmness and reflection. In fact, Egyptian soldiers would wear amethyst in combat to maintain their bravery.
- Amethyst jewelry is best cleaned with warm, sudsy water and a tightly woven microfiber or other soft cloth. Amethyst may fade, so it is important to prevent excessive exposure to bright light such as the sun. Place each piece of amethyst jewelry individually in a smooth fabric or lined bag to prevent scratching.