Catherine the Great desperately wanted amethyst gemstones for herself. She sent thousands of miners out into the harsh Ural Mountains in Siberia to bring this royal purple stone back to her. As it turned out, the amethyst deposits in Siberia supplied some of the finest quality stones ever. These deposits are now exhausted, possibly by Catherine herself, and Brazil and Uruguay are now the main suppliers of amethyst. This is probably where your amethyst pendant came from.
The most desirable color is a deep purple with a sparkling rose tint. These stones make a dazzling amethyst and diamond bracelet. That’s something to think about if your birthday is in February. Why? If you were born in February, the amethyst is your official birthstone. It is also the gemstone used to celebrate the 6th wedding anniversary. Of course, you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy the amethyst.
Caring for amethyst rings is easy. This quartz gemstone ranks a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness so it is pretty durable. Let it soak in warm soapy water and wipe it down with a damp cloth is all you need to return it to its original luster.
You don’t have to be royalty to wear amethyst. This amazing purple gem is wildly popular and makes a great accessory to any outfit.