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
is the birthstone for February
and the suggested gift for the sixth wedding
Amethyst is mined primarily in Brazil and Zambia. Amethyst rates 6 1/2 to 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness.Enhancements: Although cutting is the most basic enhancement method necessary to display the beauty
of a gemstone, there are many
fascinating methods by which man has demonstrated his ability to draw maximum color, luster, clarity and
brilliance from nature's 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. The darker colors of
amethyst are rarely enhanced to perfect their color.
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
jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water.
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