The Amethyst is a very affordable and very pretty gemstone, and it used to be as expensive as rubies. It gets its beauty from the quartz mineral and generally is quite large in the purple variety.
This fine gem is mined in Africa and South America. It is a very popular and available in all different price ranges.
Amethyst comes from the ancient Greek word for “not drunk.” This gemstone used to be as expensive as emeralds, but then large amethyst deposits were discovered in Brazil. The quartz crystal variety of the amethyst is popular today and far less expensive. Those who cherish this stone enjoy its purple hues and some associate metaphysical meanings to the crystal.
St. Valentine of Rome wore an amethyst ring that featured the god Cupid in its design.
Da Vinci believed that amethyst crystals would remove evil thoughts from your mind.
An Amethyst gem stored at the GIA Museum weighed 164 pounds. Clearly, they can grow very large.
The most value is placed on the amethyst gemstone with reddish purple to purple color.
It is difficult to find an amethyst that has inclusions that can be seen with the naked eye.
The cut is usually one of the standard gem shapes, especially the round and oval cut.
Amethyst is readily available in all sizes and weights for placement in jewelry settings.
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