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February Birthstone - Amethyst

Amethyst is the February birthstone. This gemstone is thought to impart clarity of mind, health, luck and wit to its wearers. In ancient times it was a symbol of peace.

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Amethyst is actually a variety of quartz. It is a popular stone and is the most valuable stone of all the quartz varieties. Large, almost gigantic crystals of amethyst can be found in Brazil. Amethyst is purple because of small amounts of iron in the quartz. When exposed to heat amethyst will turn yellow.

Amethyst was thought, in ancient times, to be an antidote against drunkenness as the Greek word amethystos means not drunken. They had many wine goblets carved from amethyst for that reason. Amethyst was also thought to be a symbol of understanding.

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