Suzy Levain's FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE: Amethyst

February is often a cold, dark, and short month for many people around the world. Amethyst is a gorgeous, richly-colored gemstone, which is a beautiful contrast to this time of year. Here at Suzy Levian, we love to incorporate this beautiful gemstone in our jewelry pieces.

Amethyst is purple quartz and is a beautiful blend of violet and red that can be found in every corner of the world. The name comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the wordย methustos, which means โ€œintoxicated.โ€ Ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness.

Amethyst, as previously mentioned, is composed of quartz, which is the second most abundant material found in Earthโ€™s crust. Amethyst gets its color from irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements. Its hardnessโ€”a 7 on the Mohs scaleโ€”is the same as other quartz, which makes it a durable and lasting option for jewelry.

While amethyst is most commonly recognized to be a purple color, the gemstone can range from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple that can read more blue or red, depending on the light. Sometimes the same stone can have layers or color variants, so the way the gemstone is cut is important to the way the color shows in a finished piece.

Amethyst often occurs in geodes or in the cavities of granitic rocks. It can be found all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Zambia.

The amethyst is not only the February birthstone, it is also used to celebrate the sixth and 17th years of marriage. So if these are your current milestones, go check our Suzy Levian Amethyst gallery by searching the word Amethyst up right on our web site.

Suzy Levian Sterling Silver Purple Amethyst 5.2 cttw Ring

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Suzy Levian Sterling Silver 4.37 TCW Purple Amethyst Ring