1-Amethyst is the birthstone for February.
2-Amethyst is also the gemstone marking 6th & 17th wedding anniversaries.
3-Amethyst, a type of quartz, has been associated with supernatural powers.
4- The word Amethystos means “not drunk” in ancient Greek. Because of its wine like color early Greek legends associated it with Bacchus the God of Wine.
5-Today the four major global sources for Amethyst are Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Zambia.
6-Quartz, the mineral family for Amethyst may be the oldest gemstone known to man dating back to 20,000 BC.
7- St. Valentine the patron saint of romantic love, wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
8-Amethyst was once as valuable as Rubies and Sapphires until the 1800’s when a large deposit was discovered in Brazil.
9-Amethyst is the gemstone most associated with the color “purple”. The stone ranges from a deep cool blue to a reddish purple often referred to as “raspberry”.
10-Even fine amethyst has a modest price tag. Large gems remain affordable as price per carat does not rise dramatically with larger size.
Source credit. www.gia.edu.
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