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Amethyst February Birthstone 0

There is something amazing and magical about amethyst. I guess that it its color: beautiful, mesmerizing purple. Color very often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power or ambition. Color of inventive, imaginative people, very often complex and contempletive. Color of February.

In Arpelc we use amethysts for our minimalisic rings, earrings and necklaces. Natural purple stones add lots of of color to winter outfits and make this gloomy time of the year more cherishable and beautiful. 

Amethysts have also been used in royal jewelry. They were placed in the crown jewels (scepter of Catherine the Great, scepter of the British kings). In the Vatican treasury there is a known papal ring with an amethyst. Saint Valentine also loved amethysts and was thought to wear a ring with antique amethyst carved with an image of Cupid.

Do you know that amethysts were appreciated in ancient world? Acient Egiptians and Greeks believed in amethyst incredible powers. Amethyst was believed to help you stay sobber and  reduce stress. It is said to bring emotional stability and inner strenght and reduce grief.  In fact the word “amethyst” derives from the Greek word “amethystos,” which translates to “not drunken.”

Amethysts belong to quartz group of minerals which varies in colours and hues, ranging from pale violet to deep purple. Natural amethyst can be found in many places in the world. It occures in Brazil, United States and Canada but also can be found in in Europe, Asia and Africa. The most important amethyst deposits are in Brazil (Palmeira).

Nowadays, amethysts are one of the most popular gemstones due to their amazing color and high level of resistance, which is estimated to be 7th level of hardness in Mohs scale. Deep colour amethyst is the most valuable one and 'Siberian' deep purple amethyst with red and blue flashes holds the higher price. It is possible to produce green amethyst by heat treatment but this color stone is not acclaimed to be true amethyst.

In Arpelc workhop we use also amethysts as beautiful, delicate accents on different color of gold.  It is also possible to order custom pieces with diferent amethyst stones from our inventory. In Arpelc inventory we have other sizes of stones and cuts. Upon the requests we can find some special amethysts just for your needs. For any inquires please contact us.

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