Amethyst, a deep purple stone of Quartz family, has been well known for its mystical powers and association with royalty across the world. Birthstone for February and anniversary stone for 6th anniversary, this beautiful and bewitching gem is known for its power of preventing drunkenness. With spellbinding hues, durable hardness and affordable prices, this is a perfect gem to enjoy everyday style. From its historic significance to its symbolic attributes and mystical powers, amethyst has many facts and figures to surprise you and to be a proud part of your jewelry collection.
Here are the most interesting things about amethyst to amaze you:
The word amethyst is derived from the Greek word 'amethystos', meaning 'remedy against intoxication'.
• Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz, the second most abundant mineral in the earth's crust. Its chemical structure is silicon dioxide and the color of the gem could be a reason of its iron oxide content or the manganese or hydrocarbon content. The color of amethyst ranges from pale purple to mauve to rich and deep purple. Green amethyst is also found but is not as popular as the purple one. The faint purple amethysts are often called as 'Rose de France' and were greatly used for Victorian jewelry while the intense shades were highly prized and demanded.
• It has a hardness of 7 on moh's scale with a trigonal crystal structure. This makes the quartz a decent choice for fine and fashion jewelry. Amethyst was extensively used by Russians to make royal jewels as the best amethyst was found in the Siberian region of Russia and the royal color was highly in demand.
• The stone, to this date, is sourced from Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Zambia, Namibia, Arizona, North Carolina and Australia. The stones from Africa are though smaller but have better color saturation. Australia produces dark amethyst while large stone of varying shades come from the United States.
• These stones are very sensitive to heat and subjecting them to 400-500 degrees Celsius could turn their color to yellow or red. Due to this, amethyst is used to fill the great demand of its sibling citrine, which is otherwise a rare stone in nature.
• This February birthstone has great mystical and magical powers. It is thought to be a powerful protective stone that could guard against spiritual contamination. It is a natural tranquilizer against stress. It can balance mood swings, soothes irritability, anger, fear and anxiety. Known as a change stone the gem is said to be very effective in activating spiritual awareness, intuitional and psychic abilities.
• Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers. It can keep you more focused by calming or stimulating the mind, enhancing memory and encouraging sobriety by taking you away from alcohol, drugs or other addictions.
• It is believed to be very effective for treating various ailments circulatory system, respiratory system and digestive system.
• The history of amethyst can be traced back as far as 25,000 years ago when pre-historic humans used it as a decorative. The remains of Neolithic age also show the usage of amethyst.
• Amethyst has been a symbol of love and romance as Saint Valentine wore a cupid engraved amethyst ring.
• This beautiful gem has been a favorite of royals since antiquity, and has been adorned by many great personnel throughout the history.
• It was one of the twelve birthstones studded in the breastplate of High Priest Aaron, representing one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses described amethyst as a 'Spirit of God'.
• Cleopatra, the ravishing Queen of Egypt, wore an amethyst signet ring engraved with the figure of Mithras - a Persian deity of Divine Idea, Source of Light and Life while Romans used amethyst for talismans.
• Russian Empress, Catherine the Great, was one of the most passionate lovers of amethyst. She has the best of the world's amethysts studded in her royal jewels.
• Being so beautiful, it was greatly used in fine jewelry and being so spiritual, it was used in rosaries.
The tradition of using amethyst for jewelry is still continue as we can see the market full of beautiful and mesmerizing amethyst jewels. Whether as a birthstone bling or a fashion staple, amethyst has the powers to spellbind the masses.s