Steven DiFranco Jewelers

February Birthstone - Amethyst


Amethyst comes from the Greek word "amethustos" which means, "not to intoxicate", and has been considered a charm against drunkenness-especially if the drinker used an amethyst cup. Amethyst, also considered an aid to the brave, was believed to protect soldiers in battle, control evil thoughts, help hunters capture wild beasts and make it's owner shrewd in business matters.


Amethyst ranges in color from violet to red-purple, and, the most valuable shade, a deep purple with flashes of red known as Siberian.

  • Specific Gravity: 2.66

  • Refractive Index: 1.544-1.553

  • Hardness: 7

  • Color: Purple

  • Countries of Origin: Africa, Brazil, Madagascar, Zambia, Uruguay, Burma, India, Canada, Mexico, Namibia, Russia, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

  • Wedding Anniversary: 1st year

Wearing Conditions: When exposed to continuous heat, like that of sunlight through a window, amethyst's color may fade slightly.

Cleaning Conditions: Using an ultrasonic or a store bought cleaning solution are considered safe to use for amethyst, but they can be vulnerable to rapid temperature change.