If there was a best of breed at gemshows amethyst would win hands downs every time! So here is a bite size article about amethyst, completely disposable, but it may just tell you a couple of things you didn’t know about this little champion!
10. Amethyst is a form of quartz, and it is about 7 on the Mohs scale so it is at the harder end of the scale and hard enough to make jewelry. Don’t worry the facts do get better...
9. Amethyst is the birthstone for February.
8. Amethyst can change colour based on light exposure. It can fade in the sun, and can darken when irradiated. So be careful where you place your Amethyst!
7. Following on from 8, apart from natural citrine, most citrine you will encounter is just heated amethyst. When partially heated, you get ametrine. What a chameleon!
6. There are various grades of amethyst, based on clarity and depth of colour. The highest is called 'Deep Russian' which includes shades of red.
5. Amethyst is considered a useful crystal from a healing powers perspective, but is considered particularly good for issues of the nervous system and sleeping issues such as insomnia. This is why it is used in crown chakra balancing.
4. Amethyst was held in high esteem in ancient times and there are biblical references to it. In the Old Testament, Aaron wore a breastplate containing 12 gemstones, including amethyst, and the 12th foundation of Jerusalem was built of Amethyst!
3. Amethyst is a girl's name. In 2017, it sits at the 1326th most popular girls name.
2. The name amethyst comes from the two Greek works meaning 'not' and 'intoxicated'. The ancient Greeks believed that it prevented them from getting drunk. Hence they wore amethyst or even drunk out of cups made of amethyst. This is why Amethyst is often called the ‘stone of sobriety’.
1. Up until the late 1700s, amethyst was included in the list of 'cardinal' gems. Along with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, it was extremely valuable and somewhat rare. The massive discoveries of amethyst in South America put an end to that. Just imagine how rich you would be if the amethyst you own was still worth as much as diamonds!