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Amethyst Gemstones

Amethyst is one of the most precious and valuable stones belonging to the quartz group of minerals. Sister-stone to golden citrine, amethyst’s purple hues range from light lilac to deep violet. Transparent deep purple is the most highly regarded color of amethyst. It is also the most expensive; the deeper the color, the more expensive the gemstone. Amethyst is a fairly durable gemstone, ranking 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. This makes amethyst an excellent choice for all kinds of jewelry- rings, necklaces, and earrings alike. Their durability and rich colors are what make amethysts such a popular choice for jewelry. Amethyst was once considered equal in value to ruby, emerald, and sapphire.

Amethyst is the birthstone of the month of February. These gorgeous gemstones are an exceptional gift for any February baby, and others as well, because of their positive attributes and sparkling glamour. Regarded as a spiritual healing stone, the essence of the amethyst promotes good energy and balance. In history, amethyst was referred to as the “Stone of the Mind” because it was believed to calm your mind and ease your emotions. The name amethyst derives from the Greek word “amethystos”, meaning not drunken. In ancient times, amethysts were used to ward off drunkenness. To this day, amethyst is said to help contain obsessive compulsive disorder and overindulgence, especially in areas of food, tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. These beautiful gemstones give strength to the individual to help them find freedom from bad habits.

One of the most intriguing qualities of amethyst is its ability to form a bicolored gemstone. Have you ever heard of a bicolored gemstone? If not, now you have! When amethyst forms with citrine a bicolored gemstone, ametrine, is created. Ametrine has zones of amethyst (purple) and citrine (yellow or orange) in contact with one another in one single gemstone. So if you can’t decide if you’d like a purple amethyst or a yellow citrine, you can have the best of both worlds with an ametrine!
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