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February Birthstone: The Allure of Amethyst
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the anniversary stone for the 6th year of marriage.

There is a Greek myth associated with this purple colored member of the quartz family, from which the stone derives its name. Dionysius, the Greek god of drunkenness was vexed at by a mortal and vowed to take his vengeance on the next mortal that he saw. A lovely maiden named Amethyst happenend along, on her way to pay homage to the goddess Diana. Dionysius mustered up some deadly tigers to do his dirty work, but as they were about to pounce on the unsuspecting young woman, Diana stepped in. She turned Amethyst into a stunning quartz statue, making her impervious to the claws of the tigers. Upon seeing the beautiful statue, Dionysius ws said to have wept tears of wine (it's a fable, ok?) that stained the statue purple.

As a result, it has long been held that amethyst protects one from intoxication. It is still a symbol of sobriety for those who wear it. Some even say it will prevent baldness (I should be so lucky)! It was also thought to encourage celibacy, and since the Middle Ages it has been popular with members of the clergy.

Amethyst, being purple, has also been associated with royalty. The crown Jewels of England feature many large amethysts.

It is the most important member of the quartz family for jewelry making. This stone ranges in color from lilac to deep purple. Darker the colors are considered more valuable. Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina and some African countries. Brazilian amethyst tends to come in larger sizes, but the African variety is most often of a darker color. Some very dark amethyst is also mined in Australia, but these come mostly in small sizes.

Amethyst is a strong, durable stone. It goes well with both casual and formal attire, so it can be worn every day in almost any situation.

We carry a huge variety of jewelry in Amethyst on our website at indiasilver.com. It is second in popularity only to Rainbow Moonstone...

(This article written by Mike McGinnis and published originally on indiasilver.com. We encourage republication but stipulate the piece be copied in its entirety with links and attribution.)

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