Amethyst is the name given to crystalline quartz in shades of purple. The name amethyst comes from the Greek word ‘amethystos’ which means “not intoxicate”; this gave rise to a common belief that wearing amethysts protected one from becoming too intoxicated. Crystals that are part amethyst and part citrine are called Ametrine.
WHERE ARE AMETHYSTS FOUND?
Amethysts are found all over the world; some of the most prized varieties come from Brazil, the United States, Russia and Sri Lanka.
AMETHYST: MEANING & ANCIENT LORE
Amethysts are considered one of the most powerful gemstones in terms of benefits, including:
- improving intellectual and cerebral thought
- promoting calm, balance, and peace
- enhancing physical vitality
- strengthening the immune system
- boosting productivity
- building personal wealth
- protecting against negative energy
BUYER’S GUIDE: AMETHYST
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: COLOR AND CUT
When looking for amethysts, the first thing to look for is color. The best amethysts are strong reddish purple or purple, with no brownish or bronze-colored tints. There should be no noticeable color zoning when you look at the stone from the top. Too dark in (purple) tone and the amethyst might appear black in low lighting.
Another major factor when looking for amethysts is how they are cut. Like diamonds, the cut is very important. Most faceted amethysts lack visible inclusions however minor inclusions may be acceptable if the stone is richly colored and otherwise high quality. Remember that losing carat weight in the gem business costs stone cutters money which means that sometimes a cutter will cut for weight and not brilliance. At Vardy’s, we stock only the finest amethysts from around the world, choosing them based upon exceptional color and quality.
If you have questions about amethysts or other gemstones, please ask us! We want to make sure you have all the information you need when making a purchase. Remember to bring your fine jewelry in at least twice a year for stone/setting checking and professional cleaning – not only is it a great excuse for us to see you and say hello, it will also keep your cherished pieces in tip-top shape!
CARE & CLEANING OF YOUR AMETHYST JEWELRY
Amethysts is rated a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This makes amethysts more susceptible to damage than rubies, sapphires and diamonds. While we always recommend professional cleaning, amethyst jewelry may be safely cleaned at home with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Click here for our step-by-step guide to cleaning jewelry at home.
SOURCE: GIA (The Gemological Institute of America was established in 1931 and protects the public through gemological research, education, impartial gem identification and grading services, and instrument development).