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February Birthstone - Amethyst

February Birthstone - Amethyst The Amethyst is a variety of quartz that is famous for its blend of deep violet colours and a light lilac hue. This stone can be found in most countries, some of them being …. The name stems from the Ancient Greek word ‘Methustos’ which translates to ‘Intoxicated’. They believed wearing this stone would protect them from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset. As mentioned previously, Amethysts are composed of quartz, it is the second most plentiful material found in the Earth’s crust. Just like other quartz it’s hardness is a 7 on the Mohs scale which makes it a great option for jewellery, but it also can be quite a brittle stone so something

Hallmarking

Hallmarking your jewellery To begin with I am going to define what a hallmark actually symbolises in the eyes of the British Law. It is a marked stamp on metals of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium given by the British assay offices which certify their standard of purity. The British assay offices are located in Edinburgh, Sheffield, Birmingham and London, all owning their own trademark. Up to 1998 there were four compulsory marks for a hallmark, however, after 1998 the date letter then become optional, leaving the other three marks remaining compulsory. The four symbols for a hallmark are, one describing who made the article (a maker’s mark), another guaranteeing the standard of finenes

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