Custom Cut Polished & Wire Wrapped Amethyst Necklace/Pendant Sterling Silver .935 size: 1 3/4 x 9/16 inch or 44mm x 14mm
Enjoy these interesting facts about February’s birthstone, amethyst.
- The name “amethyst” comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” which means “sober” or “not drunken.” The ancient Greeks believed that the gemstone protected them from being drunk. To this day, you can find cups made from amethyst that were designed to protect oneself from drunkenness.
- It’s said that the patron saint of romantic love, St. Valentine wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
- Up until the 19th century, amethyst was considered a precious gemstone and was just as expensive as rubies and emeralds. This all changed when large deposits of the now semi-precious gemstone were discovered in Brazil.
- All amethyst gemstones are purple. However the intensity of the color determines its value. Those with a rich, deep purple color are rare and more valuable.
- The majority of amethyst deposits come from Brazil and Uruguay. Light colored amethyst tends to be found in Brazil, while the most beautiful and deepest colored amethyst can be found in Uruguay.
- Amethyst is believed to inspire courage, calm, and contemplation. In fact, Egyptian soldiers would wear amethyst in battle in order to retain their courage.