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All About the February Birthstone – Amethyst

Are you familiar with the stunning purple gem Amethyst? 

If not, we’re here to guide you through this beautiful February birthstone that collectors have cherished for centuries. This article will explore amethyst’s physical attributes, meaning, market value, and more.

Whether you’re a gem enthusiast or just starting your journey, prepare to be captivated by the world of amethyst. 

Amethyst Stone – February Birthstone

The February birthstone falls under the quartz mineral species. Unlike other purple gems like sapphire and tanzanite, amethyst stands out with its unique charm and distinct qualities.


This gem is known for its purple shades, which vary from cool and bluish to a reddish “raspberry.” Amethyst’s color varies from light lilac to deep royal purple and can include tones from brownish to vivid. If the stone gets too dark in tone, it might look black in low light.


Aside from the color, amethyst can be cut into various shapes and styles, like rounds, ovals, and fantasy cuts. Since the gem is available in all size ranges, it’s suitable for many jewelry styles, and its price per carat doesn’t rise with larger sizes.


Most faceted amethysts sold are “eye clean,” meaning you won’t see flaws with your naked eye. Gem experts ignore minor flaws if the gem has excellent color and quality, and this type of amethyst is commonly used for cabochons or carvings. In contrast, visible flaws significantly lower the value of light-colored gems. 


Even in large sizes, amethyst doesn’t cost much more per carat than smaller ones, making it great for jewelry. Unlike some gems, even small amethysts can have intense color, making them easy to match sets of different sizes.

Where is Amethyst Found?

Russia was the primary source of amethyst until the 19th century. Today, amethyst can be found in the Anahí mine in Bolivia. Africa and South America are also crucial sources of this gemstone, with Brazil and Zambia as major suppliers.

February Birthstone Symbolism and Meaning

The name “Amethyst” originates from the Greek “amethystos,” translating to a “cure against drunkenness.” Linked to Bacchus, the god of wine, this purple gem was thought to promote clarity in battles and soothe passionate lovers in Greek mythology and Renaissance notions.

Royals have admired the gem’s deep purple hue since Alexander the Great. Historical figures like Catherine the Great and the Duchess of Windsor also adorned themselves with amethyst jewelry. 

Amethyst stories suggest it has mystical powers, giving strength and wit to those who wear it. If you’re born in February, wearing amethyst can symbolize personal empowerment and inner strength if you’re born in February.

Market Value of Amethyst

Today, amethyst, being both accessible and affordable, is used in mass-market jewelry and unique custom designs.

Amethyst prices vary by location. For instance, amethysts from India can cost as low as $2 per carat, while those from Brazil range from $5 to $10 per carat. They can also cost around $20 to $50 per carat

Consequently, gem enthusiasts often discover the gem’s origin by getting jewelry appraisals. This process helps ensure the authenticity and value of the gem, providing insights into its journey from the source to the market.

Amethyst Care and Maintenance

Amethyst is rated seven on the Mohs scale, suitable for daily wear in jewelry. However, it may show wear over time and need repolishing, so we have a few tips to help you care for and maintain amethyst jewelry. 

Avoid Exposure to Certain Light and Chemical Solutions

Amethyst can break with sudden temperature changes and lose color when exposed to direct sunlight for too long. It’s also at risk of damage from hydrofluoric acid, ammonium fluoride, and alkaline solutions. So, avoid exposing your amethyst jewelry to strong light and chemical solutions.

Try Heat Treatment

Using heat treatment is a common method to enhance natural amethyst’s color and market value. While it can’t make light amethyst darker, it can improve the color of very dark amethyst, making it more appealing. However, avoid exposing amethyst to excessive heat, as it can entirely remove the color. 

Store It Properly

Lastly, storing amethyst away from other harder stones is vital to prevent scratching and maintain its beauty and longevity. Always treat this gemstone delicately to enjoy its natural charm for a long time while preventing potential damage. Consider using a soft cloth or a separate compartment to protect it from contact with other jewelry, ensuring its pristine condition over the years.

Learn the True Value of Your Gem with Willyn Villarica Jewelry

Whether you’re a seasoned buyer or a first-time shopper for gemstones, it’s crucial to understand each gem’s meaning, physical qualities, market value, and proper care. 

If you want to learn more about amethyst and other birthstones, Ms. Willyn Villarica, our in-house expert, offers a gemstone identification service. Ms. Willyn Villarica is the only National Association of Jewelry Appraisers member from the Philippines and a licensed Graduate Gemologist from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America.  

With specialized tools for gemstone identification, Ms. Villarica ensures accurate assessments and valuable insights, making your journey into the world of gems informative and rewarding. 

Catering to clients around the globe, our expertise and commitment to excellence ensure that you receive personalized guidance and expert advice tailored to your specific needs and preferences. While we offer our services worldwide, clients are responsible for covering all travel expenses. Let Ms. Willyn Villarica guide you through a personalized gemstone identification service, ensuring your gemstone journey is enlightening and rewarding.To schedule an appointment for gemstone identification, email us at admin@willynvillaricajewelry.com. You can also send your inquiries through our Facebook page (Willyn Villarica Jewelry) or Instagram (@willynvillarica_jewelry).

  • Willyn Villarica

    Willyn Villarica, a third-generation jeweler from the Philippines, brings a wealth of expertise to the world of gemology and jewelry appraisal. As a licensed Graduate Gemologist, accredited by the prestigious Gemological Institute of America, she is not only a master of her craft but also holds the distinction of being the first Filipino member of the National Associ...

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