The amethyst, popularly known as the February birthstone, is a violet hued gemstone belonging to the quartz family. It is popularly used in several jewelry pieces such as rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants, tiaras and more. Its name is derived from the Greek term “a methustos” which literally means not intoxicated. This is attributed to the Ancient Greek belief that the stone’s bearer is protected from any form of intoxication. Since it is common in many jewelry pieces, many of us own at least one and it is imperative to know how to properly take care of them. Here are the different dos and don’ts when wearing amethyst jewelries.
- Do put them on after make-up. – It is a rule of thumb not only for amethysts but for all jewelries to be worn after one has done their hair and put on their make-up. You never know for sure what chemicals are contained in them and they can temporarily or permanently cause some changes in your stone making it dull, fade or have splotches of other color.
- Don’t keep them on while taking a bath or shower. – Amethyst can change up in hue when exposed to varying amounts of heat. Even the simple act of taking a regular hot bath or shower can cause your stone to turn into a different hue. You would not want that.
- Do remove it when doing household or heavy chores. – If you are going to do the laundry, wash the dishes; weed out the garden, change tires or any other similar activities, be sure to take off any jewelry first. Sudden and unexpected blows can cause the stone to get knocked off from tis setting. Harsh chemicals like bleach and detergent can act as abrasives.
- Don’t try any “do it yourself” cleaning without research. – Cleaning jewelry pieces and amethysts are actually quite easy. All you need is some really mild soap, a soft bristled brush, lukewarm water, clean soft and dry cloth and a deep bowl. But if you want to try any other procedure, be sure that you research full well first because you might cause more harm than good.
- Do store them separately. – Amethysts can damage softer stones, pearls for example but it can also be scratched by harder ones like diamonds and sapphires. To avoid this, make sure that you use a jewelry box with dividers to separate the pieces or you can opt to place them inside small Ziploc bags.