Amethyst


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Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and is the highest valued member of the quartz family. It ranges in hues from light pinkish violet to a deep purple, with the highest quality amethyst being a deep medium purple with rose colored flashes. Due to its purple color, amethyst was the stone of royalty for thousands of years.

The amethyst gemstone only comes in purple. Green quartz is often incorrectly identified as green amethyst but its proper name is actually Prasiolite. Prasiolite is also known as vermarine or lime citrine.
Amethyst is found in geodes and in alluvial deposits worldwide and occurs in both crystalline and massive forms. Amethyst is formed when clear quartz contains manganese but the depth of the color purple is determined by the amount of iron contained in the specimen.

The name amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos” which translates to “not drunken”. Amethyst was believed to be a strong antidote for drunkenness, which resulted in many wine goblets to be carved from this beautiful gemstone.

Up until the 18th century, amethyst was included amongst the most valuable gemstones ( along with diamonds, rubies, sapphire, and emerald). However, many large deposits have been discovered in many locations, causing it to lose most of its value and making it affordable for more people to own this beautiful purple gem.

                        

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