February’s Birthstone: Amethyst
If you’re lucky enough to be born in February, amethyst is your birthstone! Amethyst is a sub category under in the quartz family. The quartz must be purple to be amethyst, but it can display a range of shades including deep purple, light lilac, lavender and mauve. Top quality amethyst is a deep medium purple with rose-colored flashes. It’s purple color made it a stone of royalty for many thousands of years. Have I piqued your interest? Great! To learn more about this fascinating gem check out our list of Interesting Facts about Amethyst below:
Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and the most valued member of the quartz family.
Amethyst is produced when manganese is present in clear quartz, while the amount of iron contained in the specimen accounts for the depth of purple.
Most amethyst gemstones on the market today are heat-treated to produce a deeper color. Heat treating is permanent and these stones will not fade over time. Unless otherwise stated, assume that any amethyst you purchase today has been heat treated to increase the depth of color
Amethyst is the official gemstone of the province of Ontario. Pretty neat eh?
Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale (Mohs scale rates hardness from 1-10)
Amethyst was once revered as the “jewel of the gods”
The Hebrew word for amethyst is “ahlamah” which means “dream”; thus, the stone was supposed to cause lovely dreams and visions… and if you dream of amethyst you will be free from harm.
Leonardo da Vinci believed amethyst had the power to control evil thoughts, to quicken intelligence, and to make men shrewd in business matters
Throughout history amethyst has been used to guard against drunkenness and is thought to be helpful in overcoming addiction. It has been used for hearing disorders, insomnia, headaches and other pain. Some sources suggest it is used to stabilize mental disorders.
Most importantly of all, we have amethyst jewelry for sale at ACE BUYERS! Whether you’re buying because it is your birthstone, because of it’s healing powers, or because it is simply beautiful we are sure to have a beautiful amethyst piece for you!