Amethyst, whose name comes from the Greek word "amethystos." Amethyst was once thought to be as valuable as ruby, emerald and sapphire, and was often worn by Kings and clergy. Also, according to a recent survey by MVI Marketing company, sapphire is the most desired colored stone among American consumers, followed by ruby, emerald and amethyst, reflecting the popularity in the hearts of most consumers.


Story of Amethyst

According to legend, amethyst was created by Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. he is the son of Zeus and Thebes princess Semele. The queen was very dissatisfied with the birth of child between Zeus and Princess Thebes and began torturing Dionysus. In addition to making him mad, she also made him wander. While wandering, Dionysus taught farmers how to make wine and thus became the God of wine.

But once he released the tiger near a beautiful girl as a drunken prank. Luckily, Athena turned the girl into a white crystal to protect her from harm. When Dionysus came to his senses, he was quite regretful. And he was deeply fascinated when he saw the statue of the girl. In his sorrow, he poured wine on the statue and the statue slowly turned into amethyst. After that, with the help of the goddess Aphrodite, the girl came to life. Dionysus and the girl lived together sweetly.

Amethyst is the witness of the love between Dionysian and girl, so amethyst also symbolizes love. According to tradition, the gemstone given on the sixth wedding anniversary is amethyst. Wearing amethyst also ensures a happy marriage.


Basic Properties

The main chemical composition of crystal is SiO2. when it is pure, it is colorless transparent crystal, due to contain trace impurities and elements to present different colors.

Amethyst is a type of crystal that varies in color from lavender to dark purple. It is found that the color of amethyst is mainly related to the small amount of Fe2+ or Fe3+ contained in it. After natural irradiation, one of the electron pairs in the electron shell of Fe3+ is excited to produce FeO44- hole color center, which leads to the selective absorption of light by amethyst and the appearance of purple.

Amethyst color distribution is uneven, often showing weak to obvious, reddish purple and purple dichroism.


Origin of Amethyst

We already know that amethyst was once a gem comparable to ruby, emerald and sapphire. In the past, it was loved by the royal family, and for sure it was hard to find. But now, amethyst is within the acceptable price range, can be said to be worth the money.

To understand why this happens, one has to say where amethyst comes from.

Until the 19th century, Russia was the main source of amethyst, which was valuable because of its noble color and scarcity of production. But in the 19th century, large deposits of amethyst were discovered in Brazil, and crystal deposits were found elsewhere, and as the production of amethyst exploded, its value began to decline.

Today, amethyst is produced in Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, Zambia, the United States, Canada and other places.


Maintenance of Amethyst

1. High temperature or prolonged solar radiation may cause amethyst to change and have the risk of fading. So, avoid exposure amethyst to high temperatures or long-term exposure to the sun in daily wear.

2 Amethyst has high wear resistance and a hardness of 7. Daily wear will not appear any problems, but when storing it should pay attention to avoid putting it together with high hardness material, in case of scratching.

3. Corrosion should be avoided. Try not to wear amethyst in the shower, laundry and dishes. Traces of chlorine in washing powder and tap water can corrode amethyst and make it tarnish.

4. Ultrasonic cleaning machine can be used for daily cleaning, but it is not recommended to use steam cleaning machine, soft brush with mild soap is the most secure choice.

Post time: Oct-11-2022