I love amethyst. As far back as I can remember I have ALWAYS loved this gem.
Before beginning my Jewelry Design Career, I purchased amethyst creations from other artisans. I still wear several of the pieces today. The rich purple in this gem is intoxicating. This Geode showcases the gem perfectly. My personal collection includes 4 amethyst geodes in varying sizes.
While attending the Tucson Gem show, I happened upon these small amethyst geodes. Cannot wait to create designs using them.
All February Babies share this love with me, right? after all you are the lucky ones to have amethyst as your birthstone. (I am a little jealous). Yet, the rest of us are allowed to own and savor ‘the purple’ too.
Legend has it that Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, was so angry with mortals that he vowed to feed the next human he saw to the tigers. A maiden named Amethyst was that human. But before Bacchus could incur his wrath, Diana, the goddess of nature, changed Amethyst into a pillar of quartz to save her. Thus was created the first amethyst gemstone.
The Greeks believed that wearing amethyst prevented drunkeness! Hence the greek name amethustos, meaning ‘not drunk’ Dont try this yourself though. I am PRETTY SURE, this is just fable.
Amethyst is a member of the Quartz family
Amethyst has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs Scale. This means it is durable enough to use in almost any setting, including rings.
Amethyst is readily found. There are active mines in Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Uruguay.. to name a few
Cleaning is easy. Ultrasonic works as well as plain old soap and water!
Next time you spot an artisan Amethyst design… jump at the chance to purchase it. I can guarantee you will not regret it.
For more information on Amethyst , refer to Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals