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Sources: Brazil, Uruguay, Namibia, Russia.

Hardness on Mohs scale: 7

Common Enhancements: Heat

Birthstone: February

Cleaning Methods:

  • Ultrasonic: usually safe
  • Steamer: not recommended
  • Warm soapy water: safe


Amethyst is a variety of the mineral Quartz. It was originally was used as a gemstone since the time of the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems. Curiously the name comes from the ancient Greek word which refers to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. Fine Amethysts can be found in the British Crown Jewels, and were a favorite of the Russian empress Catherine the Great. Today Amethyst is well known gem by the general public and it is appreciated for the warmth of the its deep reddish purple tone, mostly found in Siberian mines.

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