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February Birthstone - Amethyst
"The signature February birthstone is amethyst which is characterized by its many variations of purple. When amethyst is subjected to extreme heat it changes color to a yellow colored amethyst referred to as burnt amethyst.
Amethyst is made up of several different varieties of quartz mineral. Amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos which means sober. It is common belief that the name was made after the color of wine.
You are able to mine amethyst is South American countries that include Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. You are also able to mine it in African countries such as Zambia, Argentina, and Namibia.
There are a few key locations you can find certain amethyst. In Guerrero, Mexico you can find dark deep purple amethysts, known to be one of the most precious in the world. Also in Vera Cruz, Mexico you can find pale crystallized amethysts that have grown in light colored rocks.
In Maraba, Brazil the crystal is generally medium or pale colors. These amethysts are commonly cut. In Rio Grande de Sul, Brazil you can find amethyst stones from large volcanic rocks and is generally big.
North Carolina, USA offers some beautiful blue-violet colored amethysts. Maine, USA used to hold amethysts but they arenít for distribution any more.
Amethyst is thought to have powerful calming effects on the owner. It is believed to enhance a personís ability to learn new ideas quicker. It is can help you stabilize you mind and balance of emotional, mental, and physical states.
Amethyst is commonly known for being the gemstone for those who are the zodiac signs Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius, and Capricorn. It also symbolizes the gemstone for the 17th wedding anniversary.
These stones are beautiful and colorful, and for that reason usually pretty expensive. Amethyst has been cherished for quite some time, dating back as far as 25,000 years ago."
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