Monthly Attributes: Amethyst

Polished Uruguayan Amethyst 7 Main

Basic Amethyst Info

Amethyst is a well known mineral and gemstone. It is a purple variety of the mineral quartz, and it is the most prized variety. A gemstone should be purple quartz in order in order for it to be an amethyst, and it comes in a wide selection of purple shades and colors. It ranges from lavender or light lilac, to a strong, rich, dark purple and violet. It rates a 7 In the Mohs scale, which makes it tough enough to be used to make jewelry. At a point in time it was revered as a precious stone, now its abundance has made it inexpensive but it still revered as a strong and beautiful gemstone.

Amethyst History

Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems. The Greeks believed the stone was an antidote against drunkenness, wine goblets were even carved out of the jewels. It still symbolizes sobriety today. Purple is the color of royalty and amethyst was utilized to adorn rulers and the rich and strong monarchs. Because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, it was a significant ornament for the Catholics as well as other churches during the Middle Ages.

Amethyst Color

A number of its colors can fade when heated, so it’s best to keep these jewels from heat and sun exposure. If heated intensely, the color may change into a yellow color, making it a Citrine Amethyst. Collectors typically look for depth of color, possibly with red flashes if cut conventionally.The biggest factor in the value of amethyst is the colour displayed.

Where Amethyst Comes From

Amethyst is produced in abundance from the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil where it occurs in large geodes within volcanic rocks. Many of the hollow agates of southwestern Brazil and Uruguay contain a crop of amethyst crystals in the interior. Artigas, Uruguay and neighboring Brazilian state Rio Grande do Sul are large world producers exceeding in quantity Minas Gerais, as well as Mato Grosso, Espirito Santo, Bahia, and Ceará states, all amethyst producers of importance in Brazil.

It is also found and mined in South Korea. The largest opencast amethyst vein in the world is in Maissau, Lower Austria. Much fine amethyst comes from Russia, especially from near Mursinka in the Ekaterinburg district, where it occurs in drusy cavities in granitic rocks. Many localities in south India yield amethyst. One of the largest global amethyst producers is Zambia in southern Africa with an annual production of about 1000 tonnes.

Amethyst also appears in the United States, especially in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Amethyst is relatively common in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Our Amethyst Collection

Check out The Crystal Cottage of Vermont’s amethyst collections on our Brazilian Amethyst and Uruguayan Amethyst pages!

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