The purple seductive amethyst is sure to create fancy stories surrounding the sacred stone which is why we read countless mythical tales on the amethyst in ancient civilizations. In Greek Roman civilization amethyst was regarded highly because it was believed to protect against drunkenness and insanity even their wine vessels were made of amethyst gemstones to eliminate inducing effect of wine.
The February birthstone amethyst is famous for its bright stunning violet reflection, it can show several shades
from light green to indigo blue depending on its hue and tone. Amethyst is one of few natural gemstones who are used extensively throughout the human history for thousands of years.
What is an Amethyst?
Natural gemstone amethyst is a variety of silica quartz mineral having 6 sided pyramidal atomic structure. Amethyst owes its violet color due to iron impurities and transition elemental impurities. It shows hardness of 7 at Mohs scale and specific gravity of 2.65. Its hardness makes it suitable for use in jewellery designing. Amethyst can show different shades of purple, green and yellow-red depending on presence of iron impurities responsible to alter its crystalline structure.
Amethyst in human history
Amethyst had enjoyed an undisputed sovereignty throughout the human history in last 5000 years. We got first documented history of amethyst in ancient Egyptians literature where it was buried with dead to save them against evil spirits. Later Greek adorned the natural dazzling stone respecting it as a beneficial stone to eliminate drunkenness and negative thoughts to enjoy contentment of life. While Christianity came into existence, amethyst became the official stone for higher authorities and priests in the Holy Church.
The word “Amethyst” has its root in Greek word “amethystos” translated as “Not drunken” because it was believed to prevent drunkenness. In mediaeval time, Russian empire announced amethysts their royal stone and barred common people to wear or carry it without royal permission. That time amethyst was added in most valuable gemstone’s list along with diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald, but now it’s available at meager prices for everyone.
Natural sources of amethysts
Amethyst is mined mainly in Brazil, Russia, Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia. Though Brazil is the largest producer of purple colored stone African amethysts are considered as the best in industry due to their rich violet color and reddish hue tones.
However amethyst does not belongs to higher price chart but its increasing demand evoked researchers to create synthetic gemstone to fulfill the growing requirements of the stone. As the stone is a purple variety of quartz, synthetic amethyst is produced using the similar method to create synthetic quartz to fill the vacuum between the demand and supply. Subsequently synthetic gemstone is treated to reflect brilliant luster and fire to make it more realistic and more pricey.
Amethyst in healing sessions and modern astrology
Amethyst is the birthstone of February and is associated with zodiac sign of Pisces. It is believed that wearing amethyst leads to success offering excellent opportunities. Its ability to eliminate negative thoughts is used to balance body chakras in spiritual healing sessions. The stone is also gifted to someone beloved to protect against bad luck, accidents and financial loss blessing them with heaven’s happiness.
Care & Cleaning of Amethyst
Amethyst is a soft stone comparatively to other precious stones, thus clean with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Ultrasonic cleaners and steamers may be used but they must be used under expert’s supervision else it will change the stone color. Acid or ammonia based cleaners must be avoided completely as well as stone should not be exposed to extreme heat or intense light that might alter the amethyst’s natural violet color.