Ah yes, the purple stone. Amethyst, the birthstone for February got its name from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “not drunken”. Amethyst was suppose to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus which is why wineglasses were often carved from it. Amethyst is also the purple variety of quartz family. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia.
This is the second part in the Dos and Don’ts for Jewelry Care series. Below, please find cleaning instructions on a few of the more popular gemstones. Please contact me or another professional for any gemstone you don’t see listed. Remember better safe than sorry! Oh, one more thing, very few gemstones or precious metals can withstand long periods of soaking in a cleaning solution.