Amethyst - February Birthstone

Amethyst - February Birthstone
I am Amethyst, handmaiden to the goddess Diana. I was transformed into a crystal by Diana to protect me from a feud between the gods. When the quarrel was settled, the god, Bacchus was filled with remorse. He poured wine over my body, giving me my rich purple color. Ironically my name is Greek for “not drunk” and I have been used to protect wearers from intoxication.

The most highly valued of the quartz family is Amethyst. Its rich color and durable nature keeps it in demand. Amethyst forms as geodes in alluvial deposits. Brazil has the largest, best known deposits but there are notable sites in Madagascar, Mexico, Sri Lanka and the Four Peaks variety found here in Arizona.

Faceted and cabochon cut amethyst are used in jewelry and other adornments. In times past amethysts were popular in religious and royal ornamentations. Amethyst and Citrine are both from the same quartz deposits and have a mother/daughter relationship.

Just as with other gems, proper care will insure a lifetime of wear. Harsh detergents and physical activity can be damaging to your stone.

Now I would like to address a question that seems to puzzle a lot of customers and is often asked of us: What is the difference between white gold and platinum?

White gold is simply yellow gold with alloys added to change the color. Most often white gold still has a yellow cast even after alloying. To solve this challenge, a rhodium plating is applied to the white gold to brighten the white color. Depending on the kind of exposure to wear and chemicals your jewelry has will determine the length of time this plating will last.

Platinum is a totally different metal. Most Platinum is 90% or 95% pure platinum, where 18k gold is 75% pure gold and 14k is 58.5% pure gold. Platinum weighs 60% more than 14 karat gold. A six inch cube of platinum weighs 165 pounds.

Platinum is Rare. Ten tons of ore and eight weeks are required to produce just one ounce of platinum. All the platinum ever mined could fit into the average sized living room.

Which one is right for you? It is a matter of personal taste and budget. Platinum is around three times the price of white gold and more expensive to maintain. White gold is not as durable but will keep its high polish and brilliant color. You decide which is best for your style and needs.

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