Amethyst is a popular gemstone with a long history. From being a precious gem like ruby and sapphire, to Greeks believing its ability to prevent intoxication, amethyst is so much more than just a purple crystal. Here are some fun facts and information of this beautiful purple gem.
History of Amethyst
Amethyst was once considered a precious gem, just like diamond and ruby. It was used in high jewelry for royalty and important members of the church. In the mid 1900’s, when major amethyst mines were found in Brazil, the price of amethyst plummeted and became much more widely available.
Amethyst Information and Physical properties
Some amethyst are heat-treated to be sold as citrine, which is the yellow variety of quartz. They usually have a deep yellow, almost brown color. And in the shape of a crystal clusters which you will see below, the tip of the crystal will be darker than the rest.
And some other amethyst can turn to a pale green after heat treatment. Those green gemstones are sold as prasiolite and they are not found in nature.
Amethyst is rather common and widely available. Most amethyst crystals are found in Brazil, America, Siberia and Urugua, with Brazil being the most important.Amethyst is the birthstone of February. It is also the stone to celebrate the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.