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February’s birthstone is amethyst, and it comes in a lovely range of purples. Amethyst is the most precious member of the quartz family, and has long been treasured by kings, queens and religious figures because of its rich, royal colour.
Amethyst has been found all over the world, but today, its most important source is Brazil, with additional sources in Africa.
The Greeks believed that wearing this gem, or drinking from goblets fashioned from it, would minimize the effects of intoxication–in fact, the word itself is derived from a Greek word meaning, “not to intoxicate”. Amethysts have been used in many gem forms, including beads, rondels, cabochons and faceted stones.
Many of today’s amethysts are expertly irradiated or heat-treated to bring out the deepest purple colour. Amethysts are durable, so no special care is required in cleaning them. However, their surface polish can be eroded by rough wear or abrasion more easily than other gems.