Amethyst - A Royal Purple Color
The legend of the origin of Amethyst comes from Greek myth. Dionysus, the god of intoxication, was angered one day and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. The terrified girl asked to be spared the pain of the brutal claws so Diana turned her into a statue of pure crystalline quartz. At the sight, Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse. The god's tears stained the Quartz purple, creating the gemstone we know today.
Designers celebrate amethyst as an ideal gemstone for jewelry because of its royal color, variety of sizes and shapes, affordability, and wide tonal range, from pale lavender to dark purple. Amethyst is complements both warm and cool colors so it looks right set in both yellow and white metals. This chameleon quality means it complements almost every color in your wardrobe.
Amethyst has been so much in demand during history. Fine Amethyst gemstones are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. Amethysts, transparent purple Quartz, are the most important Quartz variety used in jewelry today.
Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that an Amethyst gemstone was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence.
Because Amethyst gemstones were thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, Amethysts were very important in the ornamentation of Catholic and other churches in the Middle Ages. They were, in particular, considered to be the stones of bishops and bishops still often wear Amethyst gemstone rings.
In Tibet an Amethyst gemstone is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.
The Greek word "amethystos" basically can be translated as "not drunken”. Amethyst gemstones were considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it! The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety.
The legend of the origin of Amethyst comes from Greek myths. Dionysius, the god of intoxication, was angered one day by an insult from a mere mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a stature of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god's tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today.
Amethyst gemstones range in color from pale lilac to deep purple. The pale colors are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian jewelry. The deep colors are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes.
Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, as well as in Zambia, Namibia and other African countries.
Generally, Amethyst from South America tends to be available in larger sizes than African Amethyst but Amethyst from Africa has the reputation for having better, more saturated, color in small sizes. Very dark Amethysts, mostly in small sizes, are also mined in Australia .
Amethyst is available in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including many fancy shapes. Large fine stones may be sold in free sizes but generally Amethyst is cut in standardized dimensions.
Amethyst, the traditional birthstone for the month of February, is available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, including very large sizes. The Smithsonian Institution has an Amethyst gemstone that weights more than 1.000 carats. Of course, very large sizes in rich, deep colors have always been rare.
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