Amethyst is one of the most recognized crystals on earth. This may be due to its beautiful purple color that varies from a very light violet to a deep plum. Amethyst crystals come in many other colors as well, such as rainbow, pink, black, and more. The name comes from the ancient Greek word "amethystos," which means "intoxicate." This stems from the original belief that the stone protected its wearer from drunkenness or intoxication.
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History of Amethyst
We know that amethyst was known and used as early as the ancient Egyptians and was used as ornamentation as well. In medieval times knights wore amethyst with the belief that it would protect them in battle and heal them if they were injured. Amethyst used to be extremely rare and thus was extremely valuable up until the 18th century. However, when large deposits were found, amethyst lost its monetary value, but still retained its value of beauty in the hearts of many.
Properties of Amethyst
Since amethyst is a quartz, its properties are the same as those of other quartz minerals and gems. It has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Its crystals are hexagonal in shape and have a vitreous luster. It typically breaks with a conchoidal fracture and is most often used in jewelry.
Colors of Amethyst
Amethyst is so well-known as purple that it now is the name of a color as well as the name of the gem. The purple varies from extremely light to a deep, rich, vivid color. The deep color is preferred and is most often seen in high-end jewelry. Amethyst can be different colors, which is caused when it is forming. From green to pink and black, you can find amethyst crystals in many different colors. However, the purple is the most common and the most valuable with the others not being considered a true amethyst stone.
Healing Properties of Amethyst
Amethyst has long been considered to have healing properties. Amethyst is a chakra stone. Chakras are the spiritual center of your body and thus believed to help heal many ailments. Amethyst has many healing properties. It is believed to provide stress and strain relief, help with mood swings, appease anger and fear, and help people focus. Amethyst is touted for its assistance in helping the body fight off diseases and help purify the blood. It also guards against psychic attacks helps balance the endocrine system, and helps soothe and calm people.
Structure of Amethyst
Amethyst is a type of quartz made from silicon and oxygen. More specifically, it is made of chains of silicon tetrahedrons with six-sided pyramids that are long and pointed. Amethyst crystals grow very slowly. Trace amounts of iron are present, which is what gives amethyst its purple color. As the crystals form, gamma rays that are naturally present in radioactive materials in the rock irradiate the iron, which brings out the purple. The amount of iron present is what determines the depth of the purple color.
Popularity of Amethyst
Amethyst is the most popular purple gemstone. It has been used in jewelry for over 2,000 years. Purple was the color of royalty in ancient Rome, and everyone was forbidden to wear it except the noble class. It is a featured stone in crowns of monarchs from antiquity on. It is almost always cut rounded so that the colors are highlighted.
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