Amethyst - February Birthstone

Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 5:21 pm by Georgetown

Amethyst is by far the most fun gemstone of all, as far as its etymology and history concerned. Word  “amethyst” comes from Greek word “amethystos,” which means “not drunk.” Hence, wearing amethyst was believed to prevent its wearer from getting intoxicated. For the same reason, amethyst cups were quite popular among the people who could afford to drink out of them. Another interesting piece of trivia worth noting states that St. Valentine wore amethyst with the figure of his assistant, Cupid engraved on it. It is no coincidence that Valentines’ Day is celebrated in February, and amethyst is chosen as its birthstone. Amethyst was popular among high clergy in post-Roman times. This gemstone was found in many ornate crosses and the well-known papal ring of the XV century Italy.amethyst.jpg

     Amethyst of non-gem quality is wide spread around the world. Amethyst Harbor is located on the Canadian side of Lake Superior. Violet quartz or Amethyst can easily be found there. In Sri Lanka, amethyst gems rolled down the hills and were found among the debris. Commercial sources of amethyst are Brazil and Uruguay; while in the U.S., most amethyst is found in Arizona and North Carolina.

      Amethyst is temperature-sensitive. When heated, amethyst changes color from purple to shiny yellow and brownish red. One should refrain from wearing amethyst jewelry during sunbathing to prevent discoloration as the result of a sudden temperature change.

    Browse our collection of amethyst jewelry at Georgetown Jewelers to find that special amethyst piece.