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Amethyst

 

Amethyst basically comes from Quartz crystal but distinguishes itself by its high quality. However, it can still be found as clusters in nodular stone, as the Quartz. Its wonderful purple color comes can be explained by the presence of manganese, but also of iron which has got an impact on color’s intensity. Purple color is known worldwide as a “king color”, or more globally a color for monarchy: that is why since centuries, many kings ordered and used this gemstone on crowns, scepter, and other decorations. For example, one can see some of the most beautiful ones in the British Crown Jewels featured in London.

Amethyst can be found in most states of USA and that is why a lot of these gemstones are sold by American suppliers. They are also mined in some South American countries such as Argentina or Bolivia, but also in Africa (mostly Zambia and Namibia). However, South American Amethyst suppliers tend to have bigger sizes and better quality of gemstones. You can be sure to find best natural looses Amethyst on our online webstore.

According to the legend, the anger of Dionysus, god of wine and intoxication, was so huge against humans that he sent two tigers to eat an innocent woman named Amethyst. Calling for help, she was rescued by Diana who changed her into quartz to protect her. Undermined, Dionysus wept tears of his wine which became the gemstone we know. This stone owns the virtue to avoid intoxication due to alcohol, avoid poisoning and help to cure some diseases.

This gem has got a hardness of 7 on Mohs scale, which is actually a good score; it means that it is pretty difficult to scratch it. Concerning the color, it is always purple which vary from light to dark, so one can approximately find any shape of purple depending of the iron quantity of the stone.

 

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