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February Birthstone - Amethyst

I am Amethyst, handmaiden to the goddess Diana. Many centuries ago, I was caught in a bitter quarrel between the gods. Protecting me from the wrath of Bacchus, my goddess transformed me into a transparent crystal. When the quarrel had ceased, Bacchus filled with remorse, poured a gentle libation of wine over me, covering my body with an elegant violet gown. Wear me as an amulet, I will protect you from intoxication and evil spells. My presence will calm your spirit and give you focus.

Hardness 7-7.5 • Traditional Enhancement • Major Sources: africa and South America

Qualities
Amethyst, due to its beauty, affordability and durability, is the most popular variety of the mineral, quartz. Most gemstones, including diamond, need enhancement through cutting or treatment to be enjoyed in a piece of jewelry. Occasionally, Amethyst is heated to permanently purify its purple hue.

Care
Cherished for its beauty, affordability and durability, Amethyst is an excellent choice for everyday wear, yet remove it before activities which can cause scratches. With proper care, your Amethyst jewelry can be passed through generations.

Why Amethyst?
While today we are not limited by tradition, the symbolism of Amethyst is treasured as the birthstone for February and traditional gift for couples celebrating their sixth anniversary. The color amethyst has long been associated with passion and hope.