As we journey through the month of February, we highlight the gemstone of the month – the breathtaking Amethyst. Those born in February can wear this lovely, delicate, and elegant gemstone in a variety of ways.
Let’s take a closer look at just what makes Amethyst such a special and beautiful birthstone.
Amethyst 101 – What to Know About this Gemstone
Amethyst is arguably one of the most beautiful gemstones out there thanks to its lovely purple colour. It is mineral quartz that is found in many regions of the world, but the highest quality tends to be in the Far East, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Siberia. The biggest concentrations of amethyst are in Brazil and Uruguay.
What makes amethyst so beautiful is its uniqueness factor. Described as “purple” in colour, it can range from a very light lilac to a rich deep purple. Not only that but the gemstone can vary in intensity from one spot to another.
It terms of its history; it was used by the Greeks who believed it to be an antidote to intoxication which is why they went on to use amethyst in wine goblets. Moving through history it was then used by European medieval soldiers, worn as an amulet that was meant to keep them focused, level-headed, and protect them when they went into battle.
Many also believe that amethyst has soothing, meditative, and calming properties to it.
Today, amethyst is not just the birthstone for those born in February; it’s also a very popular gemstone for anyone to wear. We often have customers who are interested in setting amethyst into a pendant, or diamond earrings. It has become a very popular gemstone, and thanks to its lovely colour, it is also seen as a romantic stone.
What About Care and Maintenance of the Gemstone?
For those who are new to amethysts and are worried about its care and cleaning, you want to be sure you’re taking the right steps. While it does have a good level of toughness to it, you want to be sure that you don’t damage it while cleaning it. Ultrasonic cleaners tend to be the best option, but as far as at-home cleaning goes, a good quality jewellery cleaner such as Connoisseurs is best. You can also find some more tips in our jewellery care guide here.
Consider Redesigning an Older Amethyst Piece You Have
Finally, you can also redesign a piece you already have that may not be as stylish anymore. Maybe you have an amethyst ring, pendant, or earrings that just aren’t your style? We can take that gemstone and create something new, fresh, and modern that you love, all while repurposing the stone(s) you already had.
Whether amethyst is your birthstone or not, why not let February be the month you embrace this stone. As a family business, Francarlo Jewellers values each and every customer and take pride in providing and designing exquisite jewellery that will reflect your individual style.