Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst is transparent purple quartz and is the most popular of the quartz varieties used in jewellery. The colour range varies from pale lilac to deep purple, the latter being the most valuable particularly with rose flashes.

Quartz is the most abundant and common mineral used for jewellery and is found in many different forms such as citrine, rose quartz, rock crystal, tiger eye and smoky quartz.

The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from Greek myths. Dionysus, 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. 

He created 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. At the sight of the beautiful statue, Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action. The god's tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today. Such beauty born of a god's hangover!


The Greek work "amethystos" can be translated as "not drunken." Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it! The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety.

Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence (so that was his secret!).

Because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, amethyst was very important in the ornamentation of Catholic and other churches in the Middle Ages. It was, in particular, considered to be the stone of bishops and bishops still often wear amethyst rings.

In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.

Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, Zambia, Namibia and other African countries. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, is also mined in Australia.

Amethyst is usually available as a cut stone but can also be found in cabochon form when it resembles rich glossy black-current jellies.

Amethyst suits a sterling silver setting - the bright clean silver offsets the rich purple colour perfectly.
We have a large collection of amethyst pendantsamethyst necklacesamethyst braceletsamethyst earringsamethyst rings and amethyst cufflinks set in sterling silver.

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the gemstone for the sixth wedding anniversary.

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Green Amethyst

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Green amethyst or prasiolite (praziolite is an alternative spelling) has all the properties of amethyst except its colour.

As you can see, prasiolite is a delicate sage green colour and it works perfectly with precious white metals such as silver, white gold and platinum.

Most prasiolite is created in a lab by heat treating amethyst to 500 celsius. Not all amethyst is suitable for this treatment.

There are some deposits of natural prasiolite and these have come about naturally by two separate episodes of heat; the first forming amethyst and the subsequent forming prasiolite. These deposits are in California and the heat was provided by lava flow from volcanic eruptions.

There is a view that the name "green amethyst" is a misnoma because amethyst is intrinsically purple and so green amethyst is akin to "yellow emerald". However it is widely known as green amethyst and so we call it by that name.

Like amethyst, green amethyst at its best is a clear, brilliant gemstone shimmering from every facet. It is available in most shapes and sizes and makes glorious jewellery.

See the beauty of this brilliant, shimmering gemstone and enjoy browsing through our collection of green amethyst jewellery.


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