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.
the birthstone for February 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.
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
amethyst jewelry may
be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water.
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