February birthstone: Amethyst

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 11:43 am by Debbie

Amethyst is associated with giving the owner courage. Originally, the ancient Greeks believed it was able to ward off drunkenness - the word "amethyst" actually stems from a Greek phrase meaning "not intoxicated"! The ancient Greeks made amethyst amulets to wear and amethyst cups to drink from, all in hopes to prevent intoxication.

Both ancient Egyptians and Europeans used amethyst to create intaglio engraved gems - beautiful carved pieces that show the varying shades of purple throughout one solid piece of the gemstone.

Amethyst has also been believed to carry healing powers, and the ability to maintain the wearer’s level-headedness. Even today, it is still associated with spiritual cleansing and protection. No matter what you believe about the power of amethyst, there’s no denying that wearing this beautiful, sparkling gem with pride is a great feeling!

As for durability, amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it almost as hard as sapphire and topaz. It will withstand regular wear as a ring, but it's best to remove an amethyst ring before doing hands-on activities. 



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