to the Quartz Family
comes in every color of the rainbow plus white and black. A
clear quartz crystal, because of its many electrical attributes,
is used in radio frequency control, computer chips and many
other modern day scientific instruments and products. It picks
up all known vibrations from the heavens and earth and is truly
a wondrous earth crystal spirit.
It is safe to clean amethyst in the ultrasonic cleaner.
Purple has always been a color signifying royalty. Amethysts
capture vividly the rich, dark, almost plumy depths of purple
like no other gemstone. They were thought to have magical powers
in antiquity. Luck and constancy came to those who wore amethysts.
Nubian queens in Egypt and Buddhists in Tibet shared a reverence
for amethysts. Greek myth says the goddess Diana saved a young
maiden named Amethyst from the wrath of Dionysus, the
god of wine, by turning her into pure quartz. Diana's tears
stained the stone purple.
amethyst has over a 8,000 year history of usage in China.
is a purple quartz crystal and is steeped in ancient lore, mysticism
and age old magic. The stone’s availability and magical qualities
made it the stone of preference for commoner and kings four thousand
years ago and it traveled all over the globe as a form of trade
exchange. It is still one of the most popular stones in the world
and used in many different countries for common and uncommon purposes.
has it that the amethyst originated from Bacchus, the god of wine.
Bacchus became angry at the mortals and vowed that the next mortal
to cross his path would be eaten by tigers. Amethyst, a beautiful
young maiden, was on her way to worship the goddess, Diana. Diana
turned her into colorless quartz to keep her from being eaten.
Bacchus observed the miracle and repented his hasty decision,
and poured wine over the young maiden, leaving her feet and legs
colorless. This is the reason that amethyst crystals are usually
uneven in color and have a colorless base at the bottom. They
say the goddess of love and the god of wine, when entwined, will
have light and dark evolvements.
has long been considered a royal color so it is not surprising
that amethyst has been so much in demand during history. Fine
amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also
a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. Amethyst,
transparent purple quartz, is the most important quartz variety
used in jewelry.
Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts
and quicken the intelligence.
amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety,
amethyst was very important in the ornamentation of Catholic and
other churches in the Middle Ages. It was, in particular, considered
to be the stone of bishops and they still often wear amethyst
Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries
are often fashioned from it.
Greek work "amethystos" basically can be translated
as "not drunken." Amethyst was considered to be a strong
antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often
carved from it! The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety.
legend of the origin of amethyst comes from Greek myths. Dionysius,
the god of intoxication, was angered one day by an insult from
a mere mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed
his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along
came unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way
to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into
a stature of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal
claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at
the sight of the beautiful statue. The god's tears stained the
quartz purple, creating the gem we know today.
ranges in color from pale lilac to deep purple. The pale colors
are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen
set in Victorian jewelry. The deep colors are the most valuable,
particularly a rich purple with rose flashes.
is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, as well as
in Zambia, Namibia and other African countries.
amethyst from South America tends to be available in larger sizes
than African amethyst but amethyst from Africa has the reputation
for having better, more saturated, color in small sizes. Very
dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, is also mined in Australia.
is available in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including
many fancy shapes. Large fine stones may be sold in free sizes
but generally amethyst is cut in standardized dimensions.