The amethyst is a very popular gem used in the jewellery industry, especially for its beautiful purple color, affordable price and good availability.

 

Amethyst is considered to be the most prized variety of quartz. It occurs mostly in shades of purple - from light to dark purple. It gets its colour from iron impurities and the presence of trace elements. The most demanding shade is medium-purple with a reddish reflection. The amethyst colour is the most beautiful in daylight. Amethyst crystals are mostly small and pyramidal, unevenly coloured and darkest on the tip of the crystal.

 

Its name comes from the Greek "amethystos" and it means 'sober'. The ancient Greeks believed that amethysts would protect them from drunkenness.

 

The price of amethysts is currently very low, thanks to the saturation of the market by these gems. This has made the amethyst one of the most popular coloured gemstones and the most important variety of quartz in the world.

 

Amethyst is Pleichroic, which means that the colour changes shade when viewed from different directions.

 

Too richly coloured amethysts are often heat treated or burned to lighten their colour. If the amethyst gets hot enough, we can change its colour to yellow or yellow-orange, creating fired citrine. Some varieties can also be changed to green - these can be found under the name prasiolit or green amethyst.

 

The largest amethyst site is located in Brazil.

 

Variety of Rose de France

 

Amethyst Rose de France is a variety of amethyst, whose very fine purple hue may be best compared to lavender or lilac. This is a special variety of Brazilian amethysts.

 

You can also find jewellery with Rose de France amethyst in our offers. Discover the softness of the pale violet amethyst Rose de France.

 

Colour:

Purple - from light to dark purple

Hardness:

7

Location:

Brazil, Uruguay, Zambia, USA, India

 

We can find references to amethysts in antiquity - amethyst beads were used in the Mohend-dara and Egyptian civilizations.

 

Egyptian soldiers wore amethysts with them to battle to give them courage.

 

African shamans considered amethyst to be a stone that can bring rain.

 

For Christians, the amethyst is a jewel of purity. It was used as a jewel in royal insignia, episcopal rings, church relics and garments. An amethyst ring is part of the Vatican treasure.

 

The amethyst supports sober and logical thinking and has soothing effects.

 

The healing effects of ametyst

 

Relieves pain and swelling

Helps stomach and breathing difficulties

Removes skin problems

Favorably promotes the intestine and intestinal microflora

Improves metabolism

Increases immunity

Heals swelling and wounds

Helps with insomnia - it encourages a calm, deep and undisturbed sleep.

 

FAMOUS AMETHYSTS

Amethyst Tiffany

 

The amethyst necklace was designed by renowned Louis Comfort, a Tiffany Jewellery Designer, in 1915. It is a 56-carat amethyst set in an 18 karat gold necklace. The chain has a figure 8 design and the amethyst is decorated with a grapevine, leaves and grapes, which is a very common theme at Tiffany. The jewel can be seen in the collections of the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Washington.

 

Morris amethyst brooch

 

The heart-shaped brooch consists of a 96-carat amethyst surrounded by diamonds. The brooch itself is made of platinum and yellow gold. The amethyst comes from Brazil and has a beautiful dark purple colour. At the top of the brooch is a small heart, which is made and decorated with the so-called filigree technique. The jewellery was made in England at the beginning of the 20th century during the reign of King Edward VII. The Brooch is back in the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Washington.



The Duchess of Windsor’s Necklace

 

This unique amethyst necklace was donated by Prince Edward to Wallis Simpson. The love of Prince Edward and divorced Wallis was disliked by the royal family and contradicted customs so much that Edward had to give up the throne when he wanted to marry her.

 

An extraordinary necklace was made by the famous French jeweller Cartier. The necklace is dominated by one large heart-shaped amethyst, 29 smaller amethysts, diamonds and turquoise.

 

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