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February's Birthstone - Amethyst

Amethyst Birthstones February Birthstone Joy by Design

Amethyst, is one of our favourite stones. It's gorgeous purple colour works well in a gold or silver setting.  Ameryst the birthstone of February, is a variety of Quartz that carries a spectacular purple colour that ranges from a blend of deep violet and red to a lighter lilac hue. Ancient Greeks believed that the stone protected the wearer from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset.

According to gemstone lore, amethyst jewellery is thought to keep its wearer clear-headed and clever. Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethysts enhance intelligence and protect against evil thoughts. 

As February is Valentine's month, the amethyst is also associated with love and St. Valentine (the patron saint of lovers) making it an ideal Valentine's Day gift. There are several Amer

Purple has long been associated with royalty and the amethyst has traditionally been worn by royalty and nobility for this reason. 

With a score of 7 on the Mohs hardness scale (10 being most durable), amethyst is strong enough for rings and daily wear, but some care should be taken to protect it from scratching by rough materials. These gems can also be damaged by some acids and alkaline solutions. Harsh chemicals like chlorine can hurt the stone and the band of the ring. Avoid wearing your Amethyst while sunbathing, swimming, washing the dishes, or doing the laundry and don’t wear an amethyst ring while using household cleaners. Clean your amethyst jewellery with mild soap and warm water. Ultrasonic cleaners are safe unless an amethyst has had fractures filled (which is rare), but steam cleaning is not recommended. 



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