Amethyst is a very popular gem used in jewellery industry, especially for its beautiful purple color, affordable price and good availability.
Amethyst is considered to be the most prized variety of quartz. It occurs mostly in shades of purple - from fine to purple. It gets its color from iron impurities and the presence of trace elements. The most demanding shade is medium-purple with reddish reflection. Amethyst color is the most beautiful in daylight. Amethyst crystals are mostly small and pyramidal, unevenly colored, the darkest on the tip.
Its name comes from Greek amethystos and it means sober. The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst would protect them from drunkenness.
The price of amethysts is currently very low, thanks to the saturation of the market by these gems. This made the amethyst one of the most popular colored gemstones and the most important variety of quartz in the world.
Amethyst is Pleichroic, ie. That changes the color shade when viewed from different directions.
Too richly colored amethysts are often heat treated, burned to lighten their color. If the amethyst burns harder, we change its color to yellow to yellow-orange, creating fired citrine. Some varieties can also be changed to green - these can be found under the name prasiolit or green amethyst.
The largest amethyst site is located in Brazil.
Variety of Rose de France
Amethyst Rose de France is a variety of amethyst, whose very fine purple hue may be best compared to lavender or lilac. This is a special variety of Brazilian amethysts.
You can also find jewelery with rose de France amethyst in the offer. Discover the softness of the pale violet amethyst Rose de France.
Purple - from fine to dark purple
Brazil, Uruguay, Zambia, USA, India
We can find references about it in antiquity - amethyst beads are known from the Mohend-dara and Egyptian civilizations.
Egyptian soldiers wore amethysts with them to battle to give them courage.
African shamans consider amethyst as a stone that can bring rain.
For Christians, amethyst is a jewel of purity. It was used as a jewel in royal insignia, episcopal rings, church relics, and garments. Known is the amethyst ring that is part of the Vatican treasure.
Ametyst supports sober and logical thinking. It has soothing effects.
The healing effects of ametyst
Relieves pain and swelling
Helps in stomach and breathing difficulties
Removes skin problems
Favorably promotes intestine and intestinal microflora
It improves metabolism
Heals swelling and wounds
It helps with insomnia - it creates a calm, deep and undisturbed sleep.
The amethyst necklace was designed by renowned Louis Comfort Tiffany Jewelry Designer in 1915. It is a 56-carat amethyst set in an 18 carat gold necklace. The chain is composed of lying eight, the amethyst is decorated with grapevine, leaves and grapes, which is a very common theme at Tiffany. The jewel can be seen in the collections of the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Washington.
Morris amethyst brooch
The heart-shaped brooch consists of a 96-karat amethyst surrounded by diamonds. The brooch itself is made of platinum and yellow gold. Amethyst comes from Brazil and has a beautiful dark purple color. At the top of the brooch is a small heart, which is made and decorated with so-called filigree technique. The jewelry was made in England at the beginning of the 20th century during the reign of King Edward VII. The Brooch is back in the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Washington.
The Duchess of Windsor’s Necklace
This unique amethyst necklace was donated by Prince Edward to Wallis Simpson. The love of Prince Edward and divorced Wallis the royal family did not like and contradicted customs so much that Edward had to give up the throne when he wanted to marry her.
An extraordinary necklace was made by the famous French jeweler Cartier. Necklace is dominated by one large heart-shaped amethyst, 29 smaller amethysts, diamonds and turquoise.
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