February Birthstone

Amethyst

“If you have a propensity for too much alcohol, perhaps it would be helpful if you wore an amethyst. The purple variety of quartz, amethyst is the designated birthstone for February. Amethyst got its’ name from the Greek word “”amethustos”” which means “”not drunken””. Its reputed power to cure or prevent drunkenness stems from an ancient Greek myth: The god Bacchus, neglected by the goddess Diana, decided in a fit of spite that the first person he met would be devoured by tigers. The beautiful maiden Amethyst crossed his path. When the beasts attacked her, she called on Diana for protection, and the goddess responded by turning her into stone. Penitent, Bacchus poured wine over the petrified body, giving it its purple hue. This connection with Bacchus, the mythical god of wine, led to the belief that drinking wine from an amethyst cup would prevent drunkenness.

amethyst2Amethyst is a very affordable and plentiful gemstone, coming in sizes ranging from approximately 1 – 20 carats. Amethyst has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, so it wears quite well. Color ranges from light to dark purple. The major sources of amethyst are Brazil, Uruguay and Namibia. Cutting styles vary from cabachon (domed top/flat bottom), to faceted, to beads, to carvings. Even if you weren’t born in February, the enticing color of amethyst creates a popularity that very few other stones enjoy.

img_b1 copyAt Urban Jewelers, we have a large collection of unique amethyst pieces, as well as loose gemstones. If you have something special in mind, come on in. We can help you put together something that will be enjoyed for years to come.

(Note: The story of Bacchus and Diana was taken from GIA’s Colored Stones course).”

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