Amethyst is the birthstone of February and one of the world's most popular coloured gemstones in the quartz mineral species. Once only given to royalty in Europe, they are now easily available due to the large supply and affordability.
Amethyst in Greek Mythology
The name derives from the Greek amethystos, meaning “not drunken" a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from intoxication. Ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking cups from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.
Greek mythology also associated the stone with the Greek god of wine, Bacchus because of its wine-like colour. It is believed to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted when faced with confrontation.
What Colour is an Amethyst?
The gemstone varies from Lilac to deep Purple however fine, high-quality Amethyst is reddish purple to deep purple in colour. Gemstone dealers prefer strongly saturated reddish purple to dark purple, while still maintaining the brightness of the stone. If it is too dark it can appear Black in dim lighting.
A high-quality Amethyst should have no colour zoning (uneven colour distribution). If colour zoning appears brown or bronze tinted, the value is lowered drastically.
Amethysts can be cut into many different shapes and can be mined as well as manufactured in a lab. Their durability makes them ideal to be used in beautiful jewellery pieces.
What does Amethyst Symbolise?
Natural Amethyst is believed to be connected to the third eye. The blend of purple hues has long been a symbol of peace, cleansing, and calming energy.
It also represents purification and connection to spiritual and divine beings. Many cultures believe the meaning of amethyst is attached to serenity, understanding, trust, and grace.
Russia was the main source of mining Amethysts until they were found in Brazil in the 19th century. Today the majority of the gemstones are found in Africa and South America.
Brazil still holds a huge supply, however, the rough Amethyst mined there tends to have a lighter color than Amethyst found in other countries. They form in hollow, crystal-lined geodes so large you can stand in them.
Zambia’s Kariba mine in Africa is one of the largest producers in the world. Amethyst mined there tends to be of high quality with richly saturated colors.
Amethyst is commonly known as the February birthstone and makes a special gift for any Aquarian. But did you know that it is traditionally given for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries as well?
Our gem-studded Happy Hoops are set with Amethyst along with Rhodolite Garnet, Pink Tourmaline, Dark Citrine, Light Citrine, Peridot, Sky Blue Topaz, and London Blue Topaz for the perfect pop of whimsical luxury in any ear candy ensemble.
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