Amethyst, the Birthstone of February

Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 9:36 am by Richard

Since ancient times, the amethyst has been a cherished gem. Easily recognizable with its beautiful, multi-dimensional purple hue, the amethyst is the birthstone for individuals with a February birthday. Today, we’re sharing some interesting symbolism and facts associated with the amethyst, as well as a few of our products that feature this lustrous violet crystal.

In nature, amethyst quartz geodes are found in volcanic rocks all over the world. Most commonly produced in Brazil, it can also be found in South Korea, Europe, Russia, Canada, and even right here in the United States. Some American states where amethysts can be found include Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine, and in the states surrounding Lake Superior. Did you know that amethysts used to be just as expensive as other precious gems such as rubies and emeralds? This was the case until a large deposit of the quartz was found in Brazil, which lowered the market price of amethyst.

The use of amethyst goes back all the way to ancient Egypt, where it was commonly used for intaglio engraved gems. Throughout history, this type of quartz has been said to represent peace, clarity, and balance. In fact, in ancient Greece, amethyst goblets were believed to prevent against drunkenness. The name itself, from the Greek word “amethystos” can be translated as “not drunken.”

As you can see, not only is the amethyst a gorgeous stone, it also has a rich and interesting history. Because of this, it makes a great gift for someone with a February birthday. Check out some of Goldstein’s most cherished pieces featuring this purple gem, from druzy-style earrings to perfectly cut rings.

Amethyst Solitaire Earrings
These 14 karat white gold earrings are simple yet beautiful, and extremely wearable.

 

Ed Levin Amethyst Bracelet
We love the handcrafted feel of this sterling silver Ed Levin Sensational Swing bracelet, featuring a multi-faceted amethyst stone.

  

Simple 14 Karat White Gold Amethyst Drop Earrings
You’ll find yourself wearing these minimal 14 karat white gold and amethyst earrings on the regular.

  

Butterfly Necklace
This sterling silver and amethyst necklace is the perfect gift for young girls with February birthdays!

 

Gold and Amethyst Druzy Earrings
The natural look of these yellow gold Nina Nguyen amethyst earrings are enough to make us fall in love at first sight. The fact that they are handmade and ethically crafted is even better.

  

Rose Gold Amethyst and Diamond Ring
Rose gold and amethyst make an unexpected match in heaven. The gold brings out beautiful rosy tones in the purple gem and the diamonds add a brilliant touch to a beautiful ring!

 

Caring for amethyst jewelry is relatively simple, as the precious gem is hard and durable. Take note of these maintenance tips: Avoid exposing amethysts to acidic or alkaline compounds, such as household cleaners. We do not recommend steam cleaning amethysts. Instead, stick to a mild soap and water.

Do you have a February birthday? Be sure to share this article with others so they know just what you want for your birthday! Looking for a different birthstone? Stop by Goldstein’s Jewelry, where we have an extensive selection of pieces featuring various precious stones and diamonds. Since 1879 we have provided quality diamonds, gemstones, and jewelry to our loyal customers. Find us on Facebook, check out our website www.goldsteinsjewelry.com, or give us a call at 251-460-9050 today.

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