Amethyst, deep purple which makes me dizzily

- November 2016 -

 

amethyst by Marc AlexandreAmethyst is a variety of quartz and has a colour from a deep purple to a bluish-violet colour. Amethysts are heat treated to improve an overly dark purple color or to get rid of the smoky color. When natural amethyst is heated - generally accepted by the sector - it could change to pale yellow (and distinguishable to citrine, another variety of quartz). Brazilian amethyst could even change to green when it is heated. The beauty and quality of the gemstone in jewellery, is always the first step to create a valuable and luxury jewellery piece.

 

In popular belief, the amethyst offers protection against drunkenness - for the Greek words 'amethystos' mean 'not intoxicated' in translation. A large number of further miraculous powers are attributed to the amethyst in all sorts of cultures and its powder has been used in medicine. And since it was thought to put the wearer in a chaste frame of mind and symbolise trust and piety, the amethyst came to occupy a very prominent position in the ornaments of the Catholic clergy over the centuries. It was the stone of bishops and cardinals. Some famous deposits of Amethyst are in southern Brazil and in Uruguay, Madagascar, Canada and Sri Lanka. Some amethysts in the market are synthetic and are difficult to differentiate from natural amethysts. Only specialists are able to identify them.

 

ametrine gemstoneA special variety of quartz is Ametrine (as here), which is a mixture of an amethyste and a citrine, only one single mine in Bolivia is producing this rare gemstone.

 

 

Pictures : amethyst in brooch by Marc Alexandre; text © World Luxury Jewellers
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