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Birthstone of the Month - Amethyst

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AMETHYST IS THE PURPLE VARIETY OF QUARTZ, and the most valued member of the quartz family. It must be purple to be amethyst, but it can display a range of shades including deep purple, light lilac, lavender and mauve. Top quality amethyst is a deep medium purple with rose-colored flashes. Its purple color made it a stone of royalty for many thousands of years. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence.

Because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, it was very important in the ornamentation of Catholic and other churches in the Middle Ages. Amethyst was, in particular, considered to be the stone of bishops and some still wear amethyst rings. Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness and the gemstone still symbolizes sobriety.

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the gemstone for the astrological sign of Pisces.

Fashioned in 14k white gold, these earrings feature suspended amethyst briolettes.


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