Amethyst Faceted Rough
Amethyst - one of the Earth's beautiful stones.
Color: Found in abundance, in its purest form, Amethyst is colorless. The
finest quality Amethyst is medium to medium dark in tone, vivid in
intensity, and purple, reddish purple to bluish purple in
hue.Heating removes the color from amethyst or changes it to the
yellow of citrine. Most commercial citrine is made in this manner.
Description: SiO2 Amethyst is the most valuable transparent, coarse-grained
variety of the silica mineral quartz that is valued as a
semiprecious gem for its violet color. It contains more iron oxide
Fe2O3 than any other variety of quartz, and experts believe that
its color arises from its iron content. Other theories attribute
the color to contained manganese or hydrocarbons.
All forms of quartz (including amethyst) are piezoelectric, making
for important applications in electronics. Tourmaline is the only
other gemstone that possesses this property.
The name's origin: Amethyst derives its name from Middle English amatist, from Old
French, from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethustos, not drunk or
Birthstone: Amethyst is the birthstone of Aquarius (Water Bearer): Jan. 20 -
Wedding anniversary: Amethyst is anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 6th year of
Varieties: Oriental amethyst, or purple sapphire, is not quartz but a variety
of corundum, a much harder and rarer stone.
Care and treatment: Amethyst often becomes paler if kept out in the
sun. Clean your Amethyst in ultrasonic jewelry cleaner or with
warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush. Keep away from strong
chemicals and avoid sudden temperature changes. Remember that in
any type of repair involving heat, Amethyst must be removed from
From the stone history: The story of the origin of amethyst comes
from Greek legends: The god of wine, Bacchus, was insulted one day
by a mere mortal. He swore the next mortal that crossed his path,
would be attacked by his fierce tigers. Along came a beautiful
maiden named Amethyst. Goddess Diana turned Amethyst in a beautiful
statue of quartz to save her from the tigers claws. Remorseful
Bacchus wept tears of wine over the stone maiden, creating a lively
Purple color has long been considered a royal color so it is not
surprising that amethyst has been so popular through the history.
Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were
also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. There
are evidences that around 3,000 B. C. in Egypt and in anterior Asia
were made jewels of Amethyst.
The Amethyst is perhaps as popular today as it was in ancient time.
Shopping guide: Amethyst is a wonderful affordable purple gemstone.
Purple has long been the color of royalty and nobility. It is a
deep, passionate color that evokes emotions. People who desire
purple colors are individuals who like to make a personal
statement, and express their unique taste.
Designers celebrate Amethyst as the ideal choice for jewelry due to
its regal color, variety in size and shape, affordability, and wide
tonal range from light to dark purple. The pale colors are
sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian
jewelry. The deep colors are the most valuable, particularly a rich
purple with rose flashes.
Amethyst is wonderful in rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and
bracelets. It is given as a symbol of sincerity, security, and
peace of mind.
Healing ability: Ametyst magnifies psychic abilities and right-brain activity. It
strengthens immunity, while energizing and purifying the blood.
Ametyst relieves headaches, improves blood sugar imbalance.
Mystical power: The Greek work "amethystos" basically can be translated as "not
drunken" , expresses the ancient folk belief that the stone
protects its owner against drunkenness. As the myth goes, drinking
wine from an Amethyst goblet would prevent one from becoming
inebriated. The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety.
Amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy. Because of that,
amethyst was very important in the ornamentation of churches in the
Middle Ages. Bishops still often wear amethyst rings.
Amethyst is associated with a number of superstitions, being
regarded as a love charm, and as a protection against thieves.
In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and
rosaries are often fashioned from it. Placed under the pillow at
night, the beautiful amethyst is believed to produce a calm and
Amethyst is given as a symbol of sincerity, security, and peace of
Deposits: Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Afghanistan, Pakistan,Uruguay, Sri La