Amethyst belongs to the quartz family, which comes in every color of the rainbow and even black and white.

Specific Gravity:  2.65
Hardness:  7.00

Quartz is not only a beautiful gemstone, but also has many electrial attributes that make it useful in various scientific instruments, such as, computer chips and radio frequency controls.

Amethyst is thought by some to be associated with the zodiac sign, Pisces (February 22 March 21), and some believe amethyst to protect the wearer from extremes of passion (Matlins & Bonanno, 1998, p. 102). It is the second anniversary stone (Matlins & Bonanno, 1998, p. 104).

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