When and how was Amethyst discovered?
The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning “without drunkenness”. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst as jewellery and made drinking vessels decorated with it in the belief that it would prevent becoming drunk.
What is the colour of Amethyst?
Amethyst owes its colour to iron and aluminium impurities. It is a variety of Quartz that carries a spectacular purple colour. The colour ranges from a blend of deep violet and red to lighter lilac hues.
Where is Amethyst Sourced?
Amethyst is found in every corner of the earth. Majority it is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Siberia, Canada, India, Bolivia, and Argentina and in the U.S.
Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewellery.
The most important amethyst deposits are in Brazil. They are “Palmeira” amethysts of Rio Grande do Sul and the “Maraba” amethysts of Para.
What is the hardness of Amethyst?
Amethyst measures a 7 on the Mohs scale of Hardness.
What are some interesting facts about Amethyst?
Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus.
Amethyst is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.
It is believed to improve skin and hair, and prevent baldness.
Its purple shade is associated with royalty.