Amethyst: Romans believed the amethyst would ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, the god of
wine. Amethyst was also thought to protect soldiers and bring them victory. And, in the Middle Ages, only
persons of noble birth were allowed to wear them. Amethyst is the February Birthstone and the
suggested gift for the sixth wedding
anniversary . Amethyst is mined primarily in Brazil and Zambia. Amethyst rates 6 1/2 to 7 on the Mohs
scale of hardness.
Although cutting is the most basic enhancement method necessary to display the beauty of a
there are many fascinating methods by which man has demonstrated his ability to draw maximum color, luster,
clarity and brilliance from natures earthbound treasures. A basic understanding of these enhancement techniques
will add to your appreciation of the beauty, durability and value of the
gemstone jewelry you
already own, or plan to purchase in the future. Some amethysts are heat treated but the darker colors of amethyst
are rarely enhanced to perfect their color. Heat treatment is industry accepted, permanent and does not require
special care. You should assume that the amethysts sold at MyJewelrySource are heat treated.
Amethyst Care: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner on amethyst. Avoid sudden temperature changes,
steaming and contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals. Your amethyst jewelry may
be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water.
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