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Amethyst Gemstone Information.
Information * Loose gemstones * Jewelry links
Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and the gemstone for the 4th and 6th wedding anniversary. It is derived from a Greek word meaning "not to intoxicate", which led to the belief that drinking wine from an amethyst cup would prevent drunkenness. Amethyst was thought to protect soldiers, ensure victory, aid hunters, protect against diseases, control evil thoughts, and quicken ones intelligence. It is considered to be a surface cure for headaches and toothaches; and is also used to increase spirituality.
 


ENHANCEMENT CODE E

Click to view AGTA code.

PROPERTIES

Refractive Index 1.544-1.553
Hardness = 7 (Moh's Scale)
Specific Gravity = 2.66
Species - Quartz.
Optic Character - Double Refraction.
Phenomena - None.


WARNINGS FOR CARE
Ultrasonic: Usually safe.
Steamer: Risky.
Heat: Poor; color change may occur with heat.
Chemicals that harm: Hydrofluoric acid, ammonium fluoride.

 


Crystal Structure
amethyst crystal image.
Crystal system: Hexagonal (trigonal), compact.

MAJOR SOURCES

Africa, South America

Birthstones
 January  Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl or Alexandrite
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal or Tourmaline
November Topaz or Citrine
December Blue Topaz or Zircon
Common Cut Examples.

Antique cut amethyst image
Antique cut
Amethyst.
 
emerald cut amethyst image
Emerald cut
Amethyst.
 
Oval shape
Amethyst.
brilliant cut amethyst image
Round cut
Amethyst.

pear shape amethyst image.
Pear shape
Amethyst.

 

cushion cut amethyst image
Antique Cushion Amethyst.

princess cut amethyst image
Princess cut Amethyst.

marquise cut amethyst image
Marquise cut Amethyst.
heart shape amethyst image.
Heart shape
Faceted Amethyst.
hexagon cut amethyst image
Hexagon Cut
Amethyst.

Trillion cut amethyst image.
Trillion cut
Amethyst.

straight baguette cut amethyst image.
Straight baguette Amethyst.

Heart cabochon Amethyst.

Oval cabochon Amethyst.


Round cabochon Amethyst.
 

Pear shape cabochon Amethyst.

Square cabochon
Amethyst.

Half Moon amethyst image.
Half Moon
faceted Amethyst.
 


 

 
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