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Amethyst for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – February

by JewelStruck on Feb.08, 2010, under GEMS

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Choosing again the birthstone for this month, in Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – we would be discussing about Amethyst in February. So like always lets start with some quick facts about Amethyst.

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Roman intaglio engraved gem of Caracalla in amethyst, once in the Treasury of Sainte-Chapelle.

  • A variety of Quartz, occurring with various shades of violet.
  • It is believed to prevent intoxication and thats how its name orignated, the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunken”.
  • Gemstone for February, that’s the reason it got chosen for GEMS this month.
  • It has vitreous luster and  is pretty hard with hardness 7
  • It had great value till 18th century, but had lost some value due to the discovery of extensive deposits in locations such as Brazil

So this was very short info about Amethyst, we would be discussing about it in detail all this month. If you have any info, pics, articles, videos to share about Amethyst do email us at info@jewelstruck.com.

Image credit :- Marie-Lan Nguyen

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