The birthstone for February is the gorgeous amethyst - one of mine & my mums favourite stones! Honestly who doesn't like a beautiful purple gem?
Amethyst is part of the quartz family - it's name is from the greek amethystos which means 'a remedy against drunkenness'......!
Not only is Amethyst the birthstone for February, it's also the traditional gemstone of the 6 year wedding anniversary.
Some believe that ameythyst can provoke calmness, balance, and peace, others may also use it to eliminate impatience.
It is a said to be a meditative and calming stone.
Where are they from?
Up until the 19th Century, Russia was the main source of amethysts. Large deposits were then found in Brazil - meaning it became more accessible. Today it is found in Africa, South America, Russia and the US.
Care & Treatment
Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs scale - making it a little less hard wearing than rubies, but still perfect for jewellery. It can be heat treated to remove inclusions and make the colour pop.
The best way to keep your amethyst jewellery clean is using a soft brush and warm soapy water - for more jewellery care tips have a look at my care page here.