Amethyst

"My real name is Amethyst. It sounds like a stage name. My mom is kind of crazy.'

Iggy Azalea

February Birthstone

An amethyst is the birthstone for those born in the month of February.

 

What is Amethyst?

Actually, amethyst is a variety of quartz. The same quartz that covers white sandy beaches, is the source of glass, and is one of the most common minerals on Earth. Specifically, an amethyst is produced when there are certain impurities in quartz that gives it the purple coloration.

The term amethyst derives from the ancient Greek word methustos, which translates roughly to intoxicated. In ancient Greece, it was believed that if you wore an amethyst it would protect you from getting drunk. But don't take our word :-)

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The deep purple of an amethyst gemstone has long signified royalty and adorns many crowns and royal jewellery. It is meant to exude wealth and power with its warm and cool colour. You can often find amethyst in geodes at your local rock shop.

Amethyst is a gem that is durable enough for use in rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and other types of jewellery. Enormous deposits of amethyst in South America and Africa provide enough material to keep amethyst’s price low enough for most people can easily afford it.