FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE - AMETHYST


The gemstone Amethyst is the Birthstone for February. It is also the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Pisces. Amethyst is associated with spirituality, wisdom, sobriety, and security.

Amethyst is the purple variety of the mineral quartz and is a popular gemstone. Although it must always be purple to be amethyst, it can and does have a wide range of purple shades. Its color is unparalleled, and even other, more expensive purple gemstones are often compared to its color and beauty. If it were not for its widespread availability, amethyst would be very expensive.

The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek and means "not drunken." This was perhaps due to a belief that amethyst would ward off the effects of alcohol, but most likely the Greeks were referring to the almost wine-like color of some stones that they may have encountered.

Amethyst can occur as long prismatic crystals that have a six sided pyramid at either end or can form as druzes that are crystalline crusts that only show the pointed terminations. As a mineral specimen, amethyst is popular for its color and nice crystal shapes that produce a handsome, purple, sparkling cluster.

However, amethyst is not the same everywhere. Different localities can produce a unique amethyst to that particular region or even to that particular mine. Experts can often identify the source mine that a particular amethyst came from. The key to this is the specimen's color, shape of crystal, inclusions, associations and character of formation.

The following is a list of many of the more noteworthy localities and some of the attributes that characterize the amethyst found there.

  • Vera Cruz, Mexico -- very pale, clear, prismatic crystals that are sometimes double terminated and have grown on a light colored host rock. Crystals are typically phantomed, having a clear quartz interior and an amethyst exterior. Some are sceptered and phantomed.
  • Guerrero, Mexico -- dark, deep purple, prismatic crystals that radiate outward from a common attachment point. Often the crystals are phantomed opposite of Vera Cruz amethyst having a purple interior with a clear or white quartz exterior. These are some of the most valuable amethysts in the world.
  • Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul, Bahaia, Brazil -- crystals form in druzy crusts that line the inside of sometimes large volcanic rock pockets or "vugs". Some of the vugs may have formed from trees that were engulfed in a lava (or ash) flow millions of years ago and have since withered away. Other vugs are just gas bubbles in the lava. Some vugs can be quite large. The crystals that form are usually light to medium in color and only colored at the tops of the crystals. Most clusters form with gray, white and blue agate and have a green exterior on the vugs. Calcite sometimes is associated and inclusions of cacoxenite are common. On occasion, even excellent crystals of gypsum have been found nestled inside these amethyst lined vugs.
  • Maraba, Brazil -- large crystals with unattractive surfaces that are of a pale to medium color and often carved or cut into slices. The large "Maraba points" are nearly always polished to remove the rough and milky surface, revealing the beautiful purple amethyst inside.
  • Thunder Bay, Canada -- a distinct red hematite inclusion just below the surface of the crystals is unique to this locality. Clusters are druzy crusts that line the fissures formed in ancient metamorphic rocks.
  • Uruguay -- crystals are dark to medium and form in druzy crusts of small crystals that line the inside of volcanic vugs that have a gray or brown exterior. The crystals are usually colored throughout, unlike the Brazilian crystals, and form with a multicolored agate that often contains reds, yellows and oranges. Often amethyst- coated stalactites and other unusual formations occur inside these vugs. The intense color of these druzy crusts is exceptional.
  • Africa -- crystals are usually large but not attractive. However, the interior color and clarity are excellent and polished slices and carvings as well as many gemstones are prized and admired.
  • Maine, USA -- Dark druzy clusters that are not widely distributed today.
  • North Carolina, USA -- Druzy clusters that have a bluish-violet tint.
  • Pennsylvania, USA -- druzy clusters that filled fractures in metamorphic rocks. They are generally a brownish purple and patchy in color.
  • Colorado, USA -- druzy clusters form crusts inside of fissures in sandstone, often on top of a crust of green fluorite. Crystals are dark but rather small.
  • Italy -- both Vera Cruz like crystals, although not as well defined, and large parallel growth clusters with good evenly distributed color.
  • Germany -- associated with colorful agates that form a druzy light-colored crust.
  • Ural Mountains, Russia -- a very clear and dark variety that is cut for fine expensive gemstones, natural uncut clusters are rarely on the market.

Often, cut gems of amethyst are graded using the terms: Siberian, Uruguayan or Bahain to represent high medium and low grade respectively, regardless of the actual source. Because of the patchiness of the color distribution in the crystals, Amethyst is often cut as brilliant round cuts to maximize the color. Other cuts can be used when the color is better distributed.

The color purple is traditionally the color of royalty and amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn the rich and powerful monarchs and rulers. Today, amethyst is a lovely and affordable gemstone that is fortunately available in a wide variety of cut and uncut stones that we can all possess and admire.

Prasiolite is the leek-green variety of quartz, rare in nature but used as a gemstone, sometimes (wrongly) called Green Amethyst.

For natural amethyst specimens, including crystals and large geodes, see our Amethyst specimens pages.
For Amethyst Jewelry, see --> AMETHYST JEWELRY
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Bamboo Silver Ring with Octagon Amethyst - John Hardy
Ring from the John Hardy Bamboo Collection. Four sterling silver Bamboo bands. Octagonal-cut amethyst center. Approx. 3/4inW face (18mm). US ring size 7. Handcrafted in Bali. About this collection: The Bamboo Collection is a tribute to the beauty,...Only $975.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoBamboo Silver Ring with Octagon Amethyst - John Hardy
$975.00
Neiman Marcus
1.19 carat Princess-Cut Amethyst and Cubic Zirconia Accented Ring in Platinum over Sterling Silver, Size 6,7,8,9, Size 6,7,8,9
Rated by 25,000+ Customers. 1.19 TCW Princess-Cut Amethyst and Cubic Zirconia Accented Ring in Platinum over Sterling SilverOnly $56.99 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo1.19 carat Princess-Cut Amethyst and Cubic Zirconia Accented Ring in Platinum over Sterling Silver, Size 6,7,8,9, Size 6,7,8,9
$56.99
PalmBeachJewelry
6.60 carat Oval-Cut and Heart-Shaped Genuine Amethyst 14k Rose Gold-Plated Ring, Size 6,7,8,9, Size 6,7,8,9
Rated by 25,000+ Customers. 6.60 TCW Oval-Cut and Heart-Shaped Genuine Amethyst 14k Rose Gold-Plated RingOnly $90.24 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo6.60 carat Oval-Cut and Heart-Shaped Genuine Amethyst 14k Rose Gold-Plated Ring, Size 6,7,8,9, Size 6,7,8,9
$90.24
PalmBeachJewelry
Ruby Corundum & Amethyst Ring - Dina Mackney
This season, plummy hues are making news. Broadcast your sartorial savvy with this Dina Mackney ring. 18-karat yellow gold vermeil. Amethyst cabochon center. Trimmed with ruby corundum. US ring size 7. Made in USA of imported materials.Only $598.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoRuby Corundum & Amethyst Ring - Dina Mackney
$598.00
Neiman Marcus
Ross-Simons 5.00 Carat Amethyst Ring With White Sapphires in Sterling Silver
Romantic and dreamy, this 5.00 carat cushion-cut amethyst ring is haloed by .60 ct. t.w. of white sapphire rounds that seem to celebrate the beauty of this piece! Sterling silver ring. Amethyst birthstones are the perfect gift for February birthdays.Only $135.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 5.00 Carat Amethyst Ring With White Sapphires in Sterling Silver
$135.00
Ross-Simons
Amethyst-Capped Woven Leather Cuff, Gunmetal - MCL by Matthew Campbell Laurenza
Woven leather shapes malleable cuff. Black rhodium-plated sterling silver ends with colored enamel trim, bezel-set amethyst, and pave white topaz. 1.68 total amethyst carat weight. Opening for slip-on style. 8in circumference. 1/2in at widest. Imported.Only $250.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoAmethyst-Capped Woven Leather Cuff, Gunmetal - MCL by Matthew Campbell Laurenza
$250.00
Neiman Marcus
Ross-Simons Balinese .35ct Amethyst Bracelet, 18kt Yellow Gold in Silver
If you're looking for a subtle touch of otherworldliness, you'll find it in our Balinese .35 carat amethyst bracelet! The comfortable mesh bracelet comes together at a push button clasp, which is decorated with an enchanting amethyst gem and exotic...Only $195.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons Balinese .35ct Amethyst Bracelet, 18kt Yellow Gold in Silver
$195.00
Ross-Simons
Amethyst and White Topaz Radiant Cut Ring in Sterling Silver
Elegantly refined, this gemstone and white topaz ring showcases a radiant cut amethyst complemented by two white topaz stones and set in sterling silver.Only $149.00 at Blue Nile
no photoAmethyst and White Topaz Radiant Cut Ring in Sterling Silver
$149.00
Blue Nile
Amethyst & Diamond-Accent Bracelet Gold over Sterling, Womens
Dress to impress wearing this cushion-cut amethyst bracelet accented with sparkling diamonds. (BTW, amethyst is February's birthstone.) Metal: Yellow gold-plated sterling silverStones: 4 ctw. genuine amethyst, 5mmOther Stones: Diamond accentsSetting:...Only $85.00 at jcpenney
no photoAmethyst & Diamond-Accent Bracelet Gold over Sterling, Womens
$85.00
jcpenney
Amethyst Inspiration Ring
Our artisans began with a spectacular 7-carat amethyst that is an incomparable treasure. The dazzling gem is framed in a six-sided sterling silver setting inscribed on each side with an uplifting word making this ring a unique statement of positivity....Only $179.00 at Danbury Mint
no photoAmethyst Inspiration Ring
$179.00
Danbury Mint
Sterling Silver CZ, Brazilian Amethyst Ring Jewelry
This Ring was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $138.74 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver CZ, Brazilian Amethyst Ring Jewelry
$138.74
JeGem.com
Ross-Simons 1.90 ct. t.w. Pave Amethyst Heart Ring in Sterling Silver
This heart ring, darkened by a black rhodium finish, is given new life with 1.90 ct. t.w. pave amethysts. Sterling silver ring. Amethyst birthstones are the perfect gift for February birthdays.Only $100.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 1.90 ct. t.w. Pave Amethyst Heart Ring in Sterling Silver
$100.00
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons 3.00 Carat Purple Amethyst Ring in Sterling Silver
This vibrant 3.00 carat purple amethyst will update your look whenever you wear it! The contemporary marquise-shaped purple amethyst takes center stage on a timeless, polished band. Polished sterling silver ring. Amethyst birthstones are the perfect...Only $120.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 3.00 Carat Purple Amethyst Ring in Sterling Silver
$120.00
Ross-Simons
Amethyst Ring with Diamonds 2.00 Carat (ctw) in Sterling Silver
Amethyst Ring with Diamonds 2.00 Carat (ctw) in Sterling Silver #68CK8502AM. This 2.0 carat (ctw) amethyst and diamond ring is crafted from white polished sterling silver curving gracefully around and behind the seven stones. Six round, brilliant cut,...Only $69.99 at MyJewelryBox.com
no photoAmethyst Ring with Diamonds 2.00 Carat (ctw) in Sterling Silver
$69.99
MyJewelryBox.com
6.70 carat Oval Cut Purple Genuine Amethyst White Genuine Amethyst Accent Sterling Silver Ring, Size 6,7,8,9, Size 6,7,8,9
Rated by 25,000+ Customers. 6.70 TCW Oval Cut Purple Genuine Amethyst White Genuine Amethyst Accent Sterling Silver RingOnly $75.99 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo6.70 carat Oval Cut Purple Genuine Amethyst White Genuine Amethyst Accent Sterling Silver Ring, Size 6,7,8,9, Size 6,7,8,9
$75.99
PalmBeachJewelry
 


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