One of the most popular gemstones for use in jewelry, the amethyst crystal has long been sought after by princes both clerical and secular.
Amethyst is one of the february birthstones with the
other birthstone for that month being bloodstone, as well as
the zodiac birthstone for pisces.
Reality or Fiction
A popular myth regarding the amethyst crystal is said to protect its wearer against drunkenness and seduction. The ancient greeks and romans wore
a lot of amethyst jewelry and made their drinking cups with it in the belief that it would prevent them from intoxication.
Amethysts change colour depending on the lighting environment it is in. Generally amethyst colours range from a deep purple to a light
violet and all the colours and combinations in between them.
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It is one of the most brilliant and intensely colored gemstones on planet earth today. Its known for its deeply purple hues and vivid violets.
Without doubt the darker and more intense shade of purple , the more expensive the stone is. Even then the most expensive amethyst is still cheaper
than say a ruby or an emerald.
Is Amethyst Expensive ?
Up until the end of the 18th century amethyst was as valuable as a diamond, ruby or
emerald , but that was until the discovery of deposits
Nowadays , generally speaking, an amethyst stone is pretty inexpensive and very affordable considering the beauty and radiance it
Valuable and quality amethysts generally have red flashed when you rotate the stone. Look out for depth of color , normally a deep purple color
and flash red when rotated.
Amethyst Jewelry Shopping . Be Careful !
Now this is not meant to scare you or deprive some poor honest jeweler of a sale. Nowadays the chemical and physical properties
of a synthetic amethyst is so similar to that of a natural amethyst that its very difficult to tell the difference.
Your best bet is to stay with a reputable and established jeweler. Better still get a certificate where you have the picture of your jewelry
along with a written receipt saying that the stone is natural and not synthetic.