This ancient necklace dates back to 2000 BC. The inscription on the main stone dates back to South Arabic in the 8th century BC. - Lance Grande and Allison Augustyn in "Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World" natural beauty)” 2009, University of Chicago Press.
Because of its wine-like color, early Greek legends associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. Other legends reflect beliefs that wearing amethyst can make people clear-headed and quick-witted in war and business. Because amethyst is reminiscent of fine wine, it is believed that wearing amethyst will prevent intoxication.
Delicate amethysts have long been used in religious jewelry and royal crowns. Amethyst was once thought to be comparable in value to rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. That's why high-quality amethyst is used to adorn bishops' jewelry and the crowns of the British royal family.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and one of the symbols of Jesus' twelve apostles.
This amethyst comes from Namibia (Namibia). It is a typical crystal crystal: the top is a pyramid-shaped six-sided columnar crystal. Courtesy of Daniel Trinchillo, Fine Minerals International
Amethyst is the purple type of quartz mineral. When it comes to purple gemstones, people usually think of amethyst, although there are other gemstones that are also purple, such as sapphire and tanzanite. This purple color from amethyst can be a cooler blue hue, or a reddish purple sometimes likened to "raspberry."
Amethyst's purple range includes lilac, rich aristocratic purple, maroon and vivid purple. Amethyst's color gamut is also often pronounced, generally appearing as areas of darker and lighter color.
Until large deposits were discovered in Brazil in the 19th century, amethyst was once as expensive as ruby and emerald. Some think it prevents poisoning—athestos means "not drunk" in ancient Greek. Today, the most valuable quartz category, amethyst is favored by both designer pieces and similar mass-market jewelry, with its purple to muted hue appealing to a wide range of consumers.
Birthstones and Anniversaries
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and is also the gemstone for sixth and seventeenth wedding anniversaries.
The patron saint of romantic love wears an amethyst ring engraved with a Cupid motif.
Astrologers write that amethyst enhances wisdom and wards off evil thoughts.
Why love this gem?
In gem-producing regions such as Brazil, amethyst sometimes forms large hollow crystal geodes throughout the crystal, so large that you can even stand on them.
Even fine-quality amethysts are affordable. Large stones are still affordable, as the price per carat does not increase significantly as size increases.
In Bolivia, amethyst and citrine appear in the same crystal. This unique gemstone, called ametrine, is half purple and half yellow.