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, as previously mentioned, is composed of quartz, which is the second most abundant material found in Earth’s crust. Amethyst gets its color from irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements. Its hardness—a 7 on the Mohs scale—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.