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Amethyst

The essence of the color purple

"amethyst is beautiful enough for crown jewels yet affordable enough for class rings" 

Bashert Jewelry. Amethyst. Gem Encyclopedia

Amethyst was as expensive as ruby and emerald until the 19th Century, when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered. It was believed to prevent intoxication - "amethystos" means “not drunk” in ancient Greek. Today, as the most valued quartz variety, amethyst is in demand for designer pieces and mass-market jewelry alike, and its purple to pastel hues retain wide consumer appeal. 

Birthstones & Anniversaries:
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

Amethyst was as expensive as ruby and emerald until the 19th Century when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered. It was believed to prevent intoxication—amethystos means “not drunk” in ancient Greek. Today, as the most valued quartz variety, amethyst is in demand for designer pieces and mass-market jewelry alike, and its purple to pastel hues retain wide consumer appeal.

Amethyst is the purple variety of the quartz mineral species. It’s the gem that’s most commonly associated with the color purple, even though there are other purple gems such as sapphire and tanzanite. Its purple color can be cool and bluish, or a reddish purple that’s sometimes referred to as “raspberry.”

Amethyst’s purple color can range from a light lilac to a deep, intense royal purple, and from brownish to vivid. Amethyst also commonly shows what is called color zoning, which in the case of amethyst usually consists of angular zones of darker to a lighter color.

Brazil - Brazil is leading Amethyst producer with mines in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Para, and Bahia. Uruguay and Zambia are also mining Amethysts.

Amethyst in History:
  • St. Valentine - The patron of romantic love wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci - The artist wrote that amethyst quickens intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts.

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