Amethyst Stone - Meanings, Types, and Care Guide
Amethyst is a famous gemstone and one of the most valuable and expensive variety. Its name comes from the Greek "Amethystos", which means "not drunk". That's because Amethyst in ancient times is believed can protect its owner from drunkenness. Therefore, many wine glasses then used Amethyst stone carvings in their designs. As of today, Amethyst is a symbol of calm.
In addition, Amethyst also still regarded as the Bishop’s Stone. That's because the stone has a rich and ancient history dating back to the Israelites and the holy Breast Plate of Arron. Its purple color is associated with St. Germaine and the Archangel Zadkiel. Both keepers of the Divine Path of service and humility.
The most valuable amethyst in the market is eye-clean (transparent). Besides that, it also does not have rutile, which is black or reddish-brown or other inclusions. So that light can pass through the stone without obstacles. Whereas Amethyst stones with translucent clarity level (translucent but not transparent), light penetrating through the stone slightly weakens.
The most important sources of amethyst are located in South America with mines in Brazil and Uruguay. Furthermore, Large resources are also found in Bolivia, Canada, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Russia, Sri Lanka, United States (Arizona), and Zambia.
Each continent of the world produces its own unique form of Amethyst. African material, especially from Zambia, can be a highly saturated raspberry color, for instance. It tends to have more inclusions than Brazilian material. However, due to its remarkable color, this is considered acceptable in a faceted stone. Whereas Brazil brings a medium to dark purple Amethyst that carries a high frequency suitable for meditation and for relieving a nervous stomach or indigestion.
The most highly prized Amethyst gemstones are from Uruguay. These minerals have the deepest and most pronounced purple coloration. Many of the Uruguay Amethysts have rare Calcite Crystals growing inside the geode formation.
Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is a variety of Quartz that carries a spectacular purple color that ranges from a blend of deep violet and red to a lighter lilac hue.
The best amethyst color is dark purple with good saturation and minimal color zoning. Fans of Amethyst prefer reddish purple color which is very saturated to dark purple, but not so dark. If the color is too dark, amethyst may look black in low light conditions.
The colors of some Amethyst specimens from certain regions slowly fade due to prolonged exposure to light. Amethyst stones usually do not undergo any type of treatment. However, there are also those who use heated treatment. But heating this stone will only reduce the coloring agent, change its color and produce Citrine. Treatment of Purple Amethyst through heating at a temperature of 878ºF to 1382ºF will usually produce light yellow, brown-red, green or colorless or become transparent.
How to Identify Amethyst
Amethyst stone has the chemical formula SiO2. In the beam of artificial light (lamp, flashlights, etc.), Amethyst gemstones are unable to display the best color. This stone looks very good during the day. More precisely, shortly after sunrise or just before sunset when the light is soft and warm. The hardness of the Purple Amethyst stone reaches 7 Mohs scales. Therefore, Amethyst is hard enough and durable to be used as jewelry for every day.
Clarity can also help clue you in as to whether an amethyst gem is authentic. Amethyst is generally eye-clean. This is a term that means the product is free of inclusions, which are materials trapped in a gem during its formation, visible with the naked eye. An authentic amethyst is likely to be mostly clear in appearance. Bubbles and discolorations are unlikely.
Most valuable amethyst in the market is eye-clean (transparent). Besides that, it also does not have rutile, which is black or reddish brown or other inclusions. So that light can pass through the stone without obstacles. Whereas Amethyst stones with translucent clarity level (translucent but not transparent), light penetrating through the stone slightly weakens.
As mentioned above, Amethyst is still believed can protect its owner from drunkenness or poisoned. According to the book which was entitled "The New Crystal Bible", Amethyst stones are referred to as "nature’s tranquilizer". It's because Amethyst calms and soothes, assisting the transmission of neural signals through the brain. Also, this stone can be placed under the pillow or mattress, or rub the center of the forehead counter-clockwise to cure insomnia and stimulate pleasant dreams.
Amethyst also called the “All-healer”, because this is one of the most effective crystals for healing people, plants, and animals. Natural unpolished Amethysts or geodes are particularly helpful placed where plants will not grow or animals refuse to sit. It also counteracts negative earth energies beneath buildings or anywhere that feels hostile.
Amethyst Care Guide
How to treat Purple Amethyst is quite easy. This stone can be easily cleaned using warm water and ordinary soap. Clean using a soft cloth or toothbrush. Although relatively hard with 7 Mohs scale and durable, there are several other gemstones that can easily scratch it.
Therefore, be careful and do not place other harder gemstones near the Amethyst stones when storing, cleaning or wearing jewelry. When storing it, place the jewelry in a cloth-coated box or wrap the stone with a soft cloth. It's better to keep separate from other gemstones, both harder or softer gemstones.
In addition, like most other colored gemstones, do not use cleaning that contains ammonia or chemicals that can damage the gemstone. Avoid prolonged exposure to extreme heat, because heat can cause permanent damage to the gemstone.