Amethyst Gemstone: All That You Ever Wanted to Know

Amethyst has always been a popular gemstone for jewelry makers, and they are using this beautiful stone to craft innovative jewelry pieces that have attracted enthusiasts for ages. Acclaimed for its lively color, the stone finds its place in royal memorabilia and crowns from ancient Egypt to Great Britain.

The popularity of this amazing gemstone has not diminished with the passage of centuries and royalty. In fact, as the jewelry made of this amazing gemstone is available at a far lesser rate, it is lapped up by masses who never miss an opportunity to don this fabulous gem. Let us now focus at some of the information about our precious stone that will make us appreciate it even more.

How is it Formed?
Many different scenarios give “birth” to this amazing gemstone. This colourful gem occurs in igneous and metamorphic rocks, especially in granite and gneiss. Clastic sediments also hold it. The cavities from porphyries and pegmatites also have contained some top quality amethyst. As the gem resists weathering, it is also found in alluvial sands and gravels.

Where is it Found?
In today’s times, the best quality amethyst is sourced from the Indian town of Jalgaon, the Rio Grande do Sol in Brazil, and from Ratnapura in Sri Lanka. Australia, Canada, Germany, Madagascar, and Mexico are some other locations where this fabulous gemstone is found around the world.

Its Form and Appearance
It will be interesting to note here that this gemstone from each source comes with its exclusive features and as such it is possible to decipher the mine and location of each specimen if one observes it carefully.

For an instance amethyst sourced from Veracruz, Eastern Mexico is very lightly colored in appearance and its crystal is subject to the “phantom” phenomenon. Phantom is a term used to explain a specimen that exhibits the image of another crystal in the parent stone, with clear quartz within the stone and purple quartz from outside.

On the other hand, the stones mined from Guerrero, in Southwest-Central Mexico, display the phantom features the other way around. These specimens are also some of the most valuable amethyst that have been found to date.

The color of the stone, though rich purple, is feeble and can lose its shine if exposed to sunlight for a longer duration. It will be interesting to note that citrine, the yellow variety of quartz and a gem that is not easily available, is produced by heat-treating amethyst.

Quartz enclosing Amethyst

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The Value it Commands
This fabulous gemstone is available in substantial quantity. It also enjoys a well-structured supply chain. Both of these points ensure that it is readily available around the world. No wonder then that it is available at a far lower price compared to some other gemstones that command a higher price. Availability at economical rates is one of the principal reasons for the popularity that this plum gem enjoys.

The Jewelry Connection
Since its discovery, this violaceous stone has been on top of the popularity list for jewelry enthusiasts. Though generations have passed, the craze for this incredible gem has shown no sign of diminishing.

Amethyst Pendant

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Amethyst Ring

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Another important point that goes with this lively stone is the fact that it gives a graceful and regal touch to the wearer. Add to it the fact that the gem complements many types of outfits and goes with any mood and the reason for the immense popularity that it enjoys becomes apparent.

Some amethyst jewelry that enjoys a huge fan following include earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.

Amethyst Bracelet

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Amethyst Earrings

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Some Interesting Info
The stone has derived its name from the ancient Greek word ‘’αμέθυστος (amethustos),” which can translate to sober. It was, at one point in time, believed that it protects the bearer from being drunk. Perhaps this was the reason in earlier times wine goblets were, on some occasions, found to be made of this gem. Ancient Greeks believed that the stone got its color from the tears of Dionysus, the Greek God of wine and gaiety.

The Present Scenario
This amazing gemstone enjoys great popularity in modern times, and its jewelry is collected by fashion enthusiasts around the world. The gem occurs in long prismatic crystals (perfect for cutting) as well as in druses. Intensely colored amethyst commands maximum value and enjoys maximum popularity.

Classified into different categories, the best quality amethyst, with the darkest color, are dubbed as ‘’Siberian Amethyst (even if sourced elsewhere).” Coming after Siberian Amethyst in the order of preference is “Uruguayan Amethyst” and one after that is called “Bahian Amethyst.” Lightly colored or pale amethyst is, on some occasions, termed as “Rose De France Amethyst”. The substandard gemstone is used to make beads and cut as cabochons.

What the Future Holds?
Amethyst gemstone enjoys immense popularity amongst the masses. The riveting color and economical pricing ensure that jewelry made of this incredible gem never goes out of favor. With such a rosy present (and past) it can safely be predicted that the future looks even brighter for this colorful and lustrous beauty.

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