There is No Beauty Like an Amethyst
Amethyst is the most well-known and coveted of all the quartz crystals. Its color is always purple, but will vary in shades ranging from light lilac purple to a deep regal purple. The deeper purple the more valuable the amethyst.
Most people are already aware that Amethyst is the birthstone of February and that it can accent both warm and dark colors. Peace, courage, and stability are at the heart of many of the stories associated with amethyst just like the people born in February.
The Amethyst has as Much Mystery as Beauty
The Amethyst can be found all over the world. It has influenced some of the great minds of the last two thousand years. It has also come across some very interesting stories. Here are just a few of the little unknown facts and secrets the amethyst has been hiding.
1. Iron Veins:
The color comes from iron impurities within the quartz. There are a few parts or iron per million which produces the various shades of purple. The more iron that is present the deeper the purple.
2. The Sober Greek:
Amethyst receives its name from the ancient Greek “Methustos” which roughly means “intoxicated”. When the ancient Greeks wanted to say, “not intoxicated” they would say “amethystos”. The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst warded off intoxication. They would make chalices and cups out of amethyst to promote sobriety.
3. Green Amethyst:
Amethyst is often heated to transform it into a more valuable mineral. Citrine is the result of this heating process. However, there are some kinds of amethyst that instead of turning orange when turning into citrine they will turn a light green. These quartz creations are then named prasiolite, or green amethyst. This stone is still considered valuable, but not as valuable as the amethyst.
4. Treated like Diamonds:
The amethyst was once as valuable as diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires. They were traded among kings and given as presents to royalty. That all changed in the 18th Large deposits were discovered in Brazil and value began to steadily decrease.
5. Worn Across History:
Several famous figures have worn the amethyst throughout history and for several reasons. Cleopatra wore an amethyst ring to symbolize love, light, and life. Egyptian soldiers wore amethyst pendants for courage. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that the amethyst can “dissipate evil thoughts and quicken intelligence”. St. Valentine wore an amethyst ring carved with an image of cupid for purity.
The power of the amethyst doesn’t end there. The Tibetan culture believes that the amethyst gives one’s mental clarity. Medicine men and women drop amethyst into cups of water in “rainmaking” ceremonies.
Wild Stone Creations Offers Several Amethyst Rings and Earrings
Wild Stone Creations creates beautiful natural gemstone jewelry located in Reno, NV. We specialize in raw gemstones and natural gemstones set in beautiful sterling silver. We offer natural gemstone necklaces, natural gemstone earrings, and natural gemstone rings. We also offer custom gemstone jewelry crafting. Brings us your memorable rocks and we’ll turn them into one of kind gemstone jewelry.