Raw amethyst grows as a six-sided crystal that can also form a crystalline covering a rock. Amethyst is found inside of geodes and alluvial deposits. Manganese in clear quartz produces the amethyst, while the amount of i... More »

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As of 2014, most amethyst comes from Brazil and Uruguay. Before amethyst was discovered in these locations, amethyst was mined in Sri Lanka, Germany, India and the Ural Mountains in Russia. More »

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Each month has at least one official birthstone, beginning with January, which is garnet, and followed by amethyst for February, aquamarine for March, diamond for April and emerald for the month of May. The birthstone fo... More »