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Amethyst

Amethyst
What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is the purple colour variety of quartz. It is the most popular purple gem and one of the most popular gemstones of all time.
Mohs hardness
Amethyst has a Mohs hardness of 7.
Birthstone - Zodiac Sign - Anniversary
Amethyst is the Birthstone for February.
Zodiac Sign Pisces.
6th and 17th Wedding Anniversary.
Common Uses
Amethyst is used to produce faceted stones, cabochons, beads, tumbled stones.
It is a gem that is durable enough for use in rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and other types of Jewellery. The large amounts of deposits of Amethyst around the world keep Amethyst's price low ensuring affordability.
Beliefs and Myths linked to Amethyst
St.Valentine the patron saint of love wore an Amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
With no scientific evidence to support the theory, many people belief Amethyst to poses healing powers.
It is also the stone of Sobriety and considered to guard the wearer against drunkenness and addiction.
Care of Amethyst Gems and Jewellery
Amethyst is a durable gemstone, with a Mohs hardness of 7 considered hard enough for most jewellery uses.
Care should be taken to avoid contact with other gemstones with a higher Mohs value or abrasives as the gemstone can be scratched and its brightness reduced. Amethyst is also a brittle material that can be chipped or scratched by impact. It is best not to wear amethyst Jewellery during an activity or at a location where this might occur.
Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can leave some Amethyst to fading.

Aquamarine

Aquamarine
What is Aquamarine?
Aquamarine is a distinctive Greenish Blue to Blue form of Beryl.
It is the second most popular form of Beryl.
Stones with a deeper blue colour are the most sort after.
Mohs hardness
Aquamarine has a Mohs hardness of 7.5 - 8.0.
Birthstone - Zodiac Sign - Anniversary
Aquamarine is the Birthstone for March.
Zodiac Sign Pisces.
19th Wedding Anniversary.
Common Uses
Aquamarine is used to produce faceted stones, cabochons, beads, tumbled stones.
It is a gem that is durable enough for use in rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and other types of Jewellery.
Beliefs and Myths linked to Aquamarine
Aquamarine's name originates from Latin for seawater and is said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea.
Believed to enhance the happiness of marriages.
Considered a symbol of faithfulness, courage and friendship.
Care of Aquamarine Gems and Jewellery
Aquamarine - with a Mohs hardness of 7.5 -8.0 is considered very durable and does not require any special care.
Emerald

Emerald

What is Emerald?
Emerald is a form of Bluish Green variety of Beryl.
It is the second most popular form of Beryl.
Stones with a deeper blue colour are the most sort after.
Mohs hardness
Emerald has a Mohs hardness of 7.5 - 8.0.
Birthstone - Zodiac Sign - Anniversary
Emerald is the Birthstone for May.
Zodiac Sign Taurus.
20th and 35th Wedding Anniversary.
Common Uses
It is a gem that is durable enough for use in rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and other types of Jewellery.
Beliefs and Myths linked to Emerald.
Emerald's are considered to protect the wearer against memory loss.
Believed to relax and relieve eye strain.
Care of Emerald Gems and Jewellery
Emerald - has a Mohs hardness of 7.5 -8.0 and although a durable gemstone are susceptible to chipping and cracking. Due to inclusions within an Emerald it is best to clean the stones with warm water. Cleaning with ultrasonic cleaners is not advisable. A coating of baby oil may help the stone from becoming overly brittle.

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