Amethyst is the Birthstone for February
By Maury Kauffman
2/2/2017 at 4:16 PM
With purple long considered the color of royalty, it's not surprising that amethyst has been in demand throughout history. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. Leonardo da Vinci believed that amethyst could dissipate evil thoughts and heighten intelligence. Amethyst is available in all sizes, although very large gems in rich, deep colors are rare. Designers celebrate amethyst as the ideal choice for jewelry because of its regal color, variety of sizes and shapes, affordable and wide tonal range from light to dark purple. Brazil is the primary source of amethyst, with Zambia a significant secondary source.