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Celebrating the birthstone of February – Amethyst!

By: Amanda L. Colborn Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.  English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.  Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry.  Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine

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February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

By Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge Jewelers   Amethyst, ranging from a light to dark purple has been in popular use for centuries. Purple is often associated with royalty; notice how many people of power enjoy that deep, purple tone!  Amethyst was Catherine the Great’s favorite stone and can be found among the British Crown Jewels.   Amethyst is the purple variety of the Quartz species. It often has no imperfections, so it is very easy and appealing to make into large statement jewelry.   Amethyst grows in an amazing rock called a geode. Amethyst geodes come in many shapes

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