Today the finest quality Amethyst gemstones come from Zambia in Africa. Amethyst crystal is one of several varieties of quartz, which gives it a crystal trigonal system. The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” and comes from an ancient legend.
Chemical Properties in Amethyst
Made up of silicon dioxide and having highly durable characteristics, Amethyst gemstone has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. Amethyst in its purest form is colorless and transparent. Experts are of the opinion that the rich purple color of the amethyst is to its high content of Iron Oxide (Fe2O3) impurities.
Deposits of Amethyst in South America and Africa
Enormous deposits of Amethyst in South America and Africa provide enough material to keep amethyst’s price low enough that most people can easily afford it. A premium amethyst is purple, bluish purple to reddish purple in hue, vivid in intensity and medium dark in tone. Whether its crystals are left natural, polished as tumblestones, or faceted into magnificent jewels, Amethyst is a gem whose beauty transcends its commonality.
Different Features of Amythists of Different Regions
African Amethyst– African amethyst is much less common than the vast production from South America, the quality tends, on average, to be much higher.
South American Amethyst– The South American Amethyst is a pale violet or mid-toned purple.
Zambian Amethyst– The Zambian Amethyst tends to a highly saturated deep purple, sometimes with blue or red flashes.
The Royal Connection of Amethyst
Apart from diamond, it is amethyst that is popular as a royal jewel. Historically, purple is only worn by the elite few as it was extremely rare. Amethyst has been found in ruins dating as far back as the ninth century, adorning crowns, scepters, jewelry, and breastplates worn into battle. Even today, a large amethyst is among the closely guarded gemstones in the British Crown Jewels.
The Attributes & Healing Properties of Amethyst
Amethyst has been thought to have many attributes throughout history, and all of them are good. It was said that an amethyst could prevent the bearer from becoming excessively drunk and also instills a sober and serious mind. Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone that works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is also used to eliminate impatience.
Amethyst is one of the most powerful crystals, It transmutes negative and out of balance energies, turning them back into their balanced natural state. This semi-precious stone is liked for its unique color, high transparency & affordability.