Jan 25, 2009

February Birthstone - Amethyst Earrings

Amethyst is the official birthstone for February. The darker the color purple of the amethyst, the more valuable the stone. The stones in this set of earrings are a dark, rich purple. Amethyst is the most highly prized variety of Quartz. It is a very durable gemstone with a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale.

Amethyst is also suggested as a gem to give on the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. Amethyst is found inside geodes all around the world and occurs in both crystalline or massive forms. Amethyst is produced when manganese is present in clear quartz; the depth of purple is dependent on the amount of iron found in the specimen.

These earrings can be purchase at the Kit and Caboodle Shop here and is part of "The Gift" line.