The Amethyst gemstone is the birthstone for the month of February, and is believed to help improve your health and well-being, as well as help you succeed in life.
The Duchess of Windsor’s bib-style necklace boasts 28 step-cut amethysts, one oval faceted amethyst, and a large heart-shaped amethyst in the front, as well as turquoise cabochons and brilliant cut diamonds, all suspended from a rope-like gold chain. IMAGE: GIA Courtesy: N. Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier
The Amethyst gemstone is one of the most popular gemstones in the world due to its distinct colour. Amethyst is basically a type of quartz, most commonly found with a strong purple colour.
Amethyst has a score of 7 in Mohs hardness scale which means that it is sturdy enough to for everyday wear, making it a popular gemstone choice for earrings, rings, bracelets, pendants and most types of fine jewellery pieces.
The predominant colour of the Amethyst gemstone is purple which is available in a wide range of colour variations. Some Amethyst gemstones are so light in colour that they only have a slight tint of the purple shade. You can also find Amethyst gemstones that are an extremely dark and opaque shade of purple. The purple colour can also vary between violetish purple and reddish purple, which is sometimes called ‘raspberry’.
A true Amethyst gemstone is always purple, however you might come across something called a ‘Green Amethyst’. This is actually a green to yellow-green type of quartz known as Prasiolite, which is basically created by adding extreme heat to an Amethyst. There are Prasiolite gemstones that have been created naturally by being thrust into a lava flow, but the majority are made by artificially heat treating purple Amethyst gemstones.
Ancient Greeks believed that the Amethyst has the power to get rid of drunkenness and intoxication, blessing you with a clear mind and consciousness. The gemstone’s name comes from the ancient Greek ‘amethystos’ which means ‘not drunk’. Until the 19th century, Amethyst gemstones were as expensive as emeralds and rubies. However when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered, prices dropped considerably.
The Amethyst can apparently also work on the crown chakra and get rid of all kinds of negative thoughts. Reportedly the Amethyst gemstone can also strengthen a person’s intuition and provide you with great foresight. Wearing an Amethyst gemstone can also help you to have abundance in life, and help provide you with protection from negative energy.
The Amethyst gemstone has been used for making jewellery for thousands of years. Perhaps one of the reasons the Amethyst gemstone is the birthstone of February – the month of Valentine’s Day – is that Saint Valentine, the patron saint of romantic love, is supposed to have worn an Amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid.
Amethyst can be used for producing cabochons, faceted stones, tumbled stones and beads. Amethyst gemstones are mined in various parts of the world, including India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Canada, Madagascar, France, South America, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Namibia, South Africa, United States and Tanzania.
The cost of an Amethyst gemstone can be anywhere between US$7 and US$21 per carat, depending on the size, colour, clarity, shape and cut.
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