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What you should know about fine jewelry:

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  • Amethyst

    © JA Colored Gemstones Amethyst - Photo: Robert Weldon, Professional Jeweler Magazine Color of Royalty... Amethyst holds a magical appeal that’s proven to be timeless and universal. Amethyst displays a majestic hue of purple, moving from very light to very dark. With purple being the chosen color of royalty, amethyst has enjoyed an unwavering popularity dating back thousands of years. The finest quality amethyst exhibits a high degree of transparency and a rich deep purple color enhanced by flashes of burgundy or rose. Amethyst has been a popular gemstone for centuries, and with good reason. It is beautiful, durable and affordable. Amethyst is a variety of the mineral species quartz. It is a hard gemstone that is resistant to both scratching and breaking. Amethyst can be faceted or fashioned into cabochon cuts.

    Amethyst is the birthstone for February.

    Amethyst is found all over the world. Major sources include Brazil and Uruguay. Other sources include Zambia, India, Sri Lanka and the United States. Small qualities of very fine amethyst are also mined in Russia.

    Almost all amethyst is heated to bring out is best color. Heat-treated amethyst is very stable and requires no special handling.

    The beautiful color in your amethyst, if properly taken care of, will last indefinitely. Amethyst should be protected from sharp blows and scratches but is otherwise quite resistant to normal wear. Amethyst can be cleaned with most any commercial jewelry cleaner or plain soap and water using a soft brush. Be sure to rinse and dry your jewelry thoroughly after cleaning. Some amethyst, whether treated or not, may fade if exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. Because of this, you shouldn’t wear your amethyst jewelry while sunbathing or when using a tanning bed.

    Photo: Robert Weldon, Copyright Professional Jeweler Magazine
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    Information on fine jewelry which I hope you will find helpful: Gemologist Corner    |   Jewelry Repair & Appraisal Services    |   Birthstones  |   Moissanite    |   Titanium  |   Summer Jewelry Care   |   Vacation Shopping    |   Regarding the loss of stones due to prong failure  |   Why does Gold discolor fingers?   |   What is the difference between gold filled and plated?

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