Amethyst Gemstone Education
According to legend, the gemstone amethyst was born from a drunken confrontation. The god of wine, Bacchus tried to pursue an unsuspecting maiden named Amethyst while he was drunk. Wishing to remain chaste, Amethyst prayed to Diana for protection and was turned into a block of quartz. Embarrassed, Bacchus poured wine on the quartz as an offering, hence the stone’s purple color. The amethyst is said to empower the mind and the soul, bring peace to its wearer and ward off intoxication.
Choosing a stone
- Color: Amethyst is the purple variety of the mineral quartz and displays hues from light, pinkish purple to deep violet. The richer the purple, the more valuable the stone.
- Clarity: Clarity is next in line to rank colored stones. The clearer the amethyst, the better it is, therefore Angara uses eye-clean amethyst.
- Cut: Angara offers amethyst in all the cuts displayed below. Popular styles include mixed cuts and cabochons.
- Enhancements: Amethyst may undergo heat treatment to enhance its color.
- Amethyst is found all over the world
- Brazil produces a large portion of the world supply from localities such as Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul
- Zambia also produces over 1000 tonnes of amethyst each year
- South Korea, Austria, Russia, the United States, Canada and India also have amethyst deposits
- Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February
- Amethyst is the zodiac stone for the sign Aquarius
- Amethyst is the suggested gift for sixth and seventeenth anniversaries
- Queen Charlotte of England’s amethyst bracelet (18th century)
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