Gemstone: Amethyst – Purple Quartz

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“The violet of the amethyst represents the deep purple shade of the heavens”
~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French

 

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The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning “without drunkenness”. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst as jewellery and made drinking vessels decorated with it in the belief that it would prevent becoming drunk.

 

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Amethyst owes its colour to iron and aluminium impurities. It is a variety of Quartz that carries a spectacular purple colour. The colour ranges from a blend of deep violet and red to lighter lilac hues.

 

BIRTHSTONES

Modern Birthstone – February

Anniversary – 6th and 33rd

Zodiac Sign – Aries

 

SOURCE

Amethyst is found in every corner of the earth. Majority it is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Siberia, Canada, India, Bolivia, and Argentina and in the U.S.

Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewellery.

The most important amethyst deposits are in Brazil. They are “Palmeira” amethysts of Rio Grande do Sul and the “Maraba” amethysts of Para.

 

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 HARDNESS

Amethyst measures a 7 on the Mohs scale of Hardness.

 

 

FASCINATING FACTS

Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus.amethyst_1

Amethyst is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

It is believed to improve skin and hair, and prevent baldness.

Its purple shade is associated with royalty.

amethyst_2The worlds biggest Amethyst Geode is located in Australia. It is well over three metres tall and weighs two and a half tonnes! Its sheer beauty that makes people gasp when they first see her. Have a closer look here.

Amethyst stones make beautiful jewellery, like rings and necklaces.

Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, and promote peace.

 

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