The Royal Richness of Amethyst

Posted on: March 1, 2016

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When you think of a purple gemstone, most people think of amethyst, the designated birthstone for February. In the past, amethyst was mainly considered the stone of Kings. Throughout history, it has adorned both religious and royal jewelry and its value was once considered on par with emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. The supply of amethyst is now more widely available today and is considered one of the most desired colored gemstones.

The purple variety of quartz, amethyst comes in a wide range of color from a light lavender or lilac to an intense reddish-purple or royal purple; hence, the early Greeks associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. They believed the wearer would be protected from drunkenness, as well as given the ability to maintain a clear and balanced mindset.

 

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Fine amethyst is available in small and larger carat stones, usually free of visible inclusions, and able to be cut into a variety of standard and free-form shapes

Measuring 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, amethyst is appropriate for all types of jewelry with proper care given to prevent scratching and damage from impact. Cleaning can be done safely with warm soapy water; however, ultrasonic cleaners, steam cleaning, or exposure to heat is not recommended.

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