One of the most valuable semi-precious stones, amethyst is well-recognised for its beautiful violet and purple colours and has been used in jewellery since long. A sober purple variant of quartz stones, it is perhaps the most valuable stone in the quartz family. It is the birthstone for February month and is considered lucky for couples celebrating their 6th wedding anniversary.
Historically, amethysts were much rare than they are today. But then large deposits were found, which made these stones quite attainable. Being rare, amethysts were once considered extremely precious alongside emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Until the 18th century, these precious stones were reserved for the royalty. You can find amethyst in the British Crown Jewels and even in the Swedish Crown collection. In past times and even today, amethyst are a favourite stone within the Christian Church and are worn happily by priests and officials in rings. Saint Valentine also wore an amethyst ring with the image of Cupid.
Amethysts are found in many places but the best ones come from Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia. Depending on the location, these miraculously beautiful stones can appear quite distinct. For example, the top Uruguayan amethyst is a highly saturated gemstone in strong blue-purple colour, while a Siberian amethyst possesses red tones, making it a strong reddish-purple in colour.
The name ‘amethyst’ comes from the Greek work ‘Amethystos’, which means ‘not intoxicated’. According to Greek mythology, it is believed that amethyst was named after a beautiful princess ‘Diana’, who was desired by a drunken king. Because of this, wearing an amethyst can be of great help in overcoming alcohol addiction.
Amethysts are available in a wide variety of shapes such as emerald cut, round cut and square cut. Most women love wearing an amethyst in a beautiful ring. If you are an amethyst lover or are attracted to this purple stone, prefer buying an amethyst from a reputed gemstone trader like the KGK Group. This is to ensure the authenticity of the gemstone. Get the maximum quality and value for money at the KGK Group.