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Which amethyst is better, light or dark?

Amethyst is a quartz mineral with a deep purple-pink color. It belongs to the semi-precious crystals, but due to its beauty it can be compared in popularity with any precious stone. This is the most expensive quartz mineral existing in the world.

Characteristics and location of production

What does untreated amethyst look like? These are crystals of different sizes, having an elongated shape with six sides. The most common mineral is purple, the shade of which can be completely different. The stones can be slightly blue, or they can sparkle with a deep dark, almost black color. Whatever the color of amethyst, it is distinguished by a special brilliance that appears in sunlight; in this regard, a quartz crystal can compete even with a diamond. Scientists to this day argue about where the mineral gets its unique color. Some believe that this is the result of the presence of elements such as iron, cobalt and manganese. Others argue that the color is due to the presence of organic pigments. Quartz minerals change color depending on environmental conditions. Amethyst crystal does not like high temperatures. At temperatures above 200°C it changes color to a lighter color. The stone can turn yellow, green, or even white (colorless). It is worth noting that after cooling, the jewel, although not fully, still restores its original shade. The mineral also burns out when exposed to the sun for a long time. So, over the course of a century it can fade by as much as 80%. It is worth remembering that the lavender pebble should be stored in a box protected from light, this is the key to the durability of the jewelry. Amethyst gemstone is mined from rocks. The most extensive deposits of the mineral are located in South America, Asia, Russia and the African continent. The depth of the mineral is always different. The deeper the deposit is located, the higher the quality of the gem. The most expensive and most amazingly beautiful specimens are mined in the Urals. They were called “Siberian amethyst”. There are high quality gems in Asia, but samples from Brazil are of the least quality, and, as a result, have a low price compared to other types.

Mineral varieties

The variety of colors and purity of the stone (without foreign inclusions) is the reason for such a high popularity of the mineral among jewelers. Semi-precious stones of such high quality are rarely found in nature. Despite the fact that purple is the most common color, there are gems of other colors in nature, for example, green amethyst. These jewelry are very rare and are used mainly for making collectibles. When making jewelry, the cut of the stone is important; the correct choice of material makes the finished product truly fabulous; as a rule, white and yellow gold are used. Green amethyst has a delicate, but at the same time deep color, thanks to which the stone was called proselyte. An equally rare shade is pink amethyst color. It may or may not be transparent. Pink stone is rarely monochromatic, but admixtures of other shades do not make it less valuable. On the contrary, they give the finished product a special charm. The pink gem is collected only with the most precious metals (gold and platinum). It takes several million years for a new deposit of black stone to form. This is the rarest of all gem varieties. For its uniqueness, black amethyst was nicknamed royal. Expensive jewelry is made from it, including many items cut in silver. As a rule, these are amulets and talismans, since it is silver that fully reveals the healing and magical properties of amethyst.

Stone of the Gods

The mineral appeared on earth a long time ago; an interesting legend was written about it back in ancient Greece. She talked about how the god of wine Dionysus fell in love with a nymph named Amethyst. But the girl already had a lover, so the goddess Artemis gave her a stone of an unusual purple color, which was supposed to protect the nymph from intoxication with wine. In those days, wine cups were decorated with amethyst, and jewelry with stones was worn at festivals. People believed that this way they could protect themselves from excessive alcohol consumption and the consequences of feasting. It’s not for nothing that the name of the gem means “not drunk” when translated from ancient Greek. This mineral was revered not only in Greece, but also in other ancient states. In China, it was used to make containers for aromatic oils; in Rome, it was used to decorate things belonging to the nobility; in Egypt, amethyst was considered one of the strongest amulets. In Rus’, archbishops and princes owned the stone; it could often be seen on the crowns of queens. The special shine and unique color, reminiscent of lilac, could not leave a single person indifferent.

Magic crystal

Of course, many different powers were attributed to the gem, which was considered a gift from the gods. The main property of the stone is protection against the effects of alcohol. Amethyst not only reduces cravings for alcohol, but also alleviates hangover symptoms. However, the magical properties of the stone are much broader. It helps you achieve success in business, sports and love. Amethyst imparts energy to its owner. Churchmen revere the mineral for its ability to purify thoughts, bestow prudence and direct thoughts in the right direction. The talisman promotes spiritual development and self-knowledge. A talisman that can engender love is a pink pebble. If you present such a decoration to your loved one, then soon he (she) will reciprocate the love. The impact of the mineral is so strong that it can break previous attachments. However, when destroying someone else’s love with the help of an amethyst talisman, the giver must be prepared for the fact that he will never be completely happy again. The object of desire, although he will love and be near, will forever remain a stranger. Sometimes they say that amethyst is a stone of loneliness. The fact is that, having generated true love, the talisman will nourish it forever. Therefore, even after the death of one of the lovers, the feelings will not disappear, the person will not be able to give his heart to someone else and will remain lonely for the rest of his life. It’s not for nothing that the stone is called the keeper of eternal love. You can give amethyst not only to your loved one. A talisman can reconcile people, putting an end to even a very long feud. If you need to improve relations with a business partner, it is recommended to give him a stone in the shade of blooming lavender. Black, purple or green amethyst can protect its owner from the anger and anger of others. Of all the jewelry, it is best to choose rings with this gem. Such rings are worn exclusively on the ring finger: women’s rings are on the left hand, and men’s rings are on the right. After the stone has been processed, it is set with metal. Amulets with gold bring success in business. But amethyst in silver promotes family happiness. It has long been believed that such a talisman helps a woman become pregnant. Magicians and healers believe that the magical and healing properties of the stone are so great that it cures female infertility.

Use in alternative medicine

  • stress;
  • depression;
  • headache;
  • skin diseases;
  • disruption of the digestive tract;
  • insomnia.

Green amethyst is a stone that strengthens the immune system. In addition, it relieves chronic fatigue. It is used for facial massage, it helps get rid of wrinkles and restore the natural shade of the skin.

Treatment with the mineral is also suitable for those who want to cleanse the liver, kidneys and vascular system. To do this, just put the stone in a carafe with water overnight.

Amethyst talisman will help overcome tissue swelling and remove bruises. Jewelry with the mineral is recommended to be worn if you have joint disease.

The importance of the amethyst stone is confirmed by the fact that its ability to relieve nervous tension is used in the treatment of psychological disorders.

Amethyst in astrology

Of course, the mesmerizing amethyst color attracts the eye, but it is worth remembering that beauty is not the main thing. The zodiac sign should not conflict with the amulet. Otherwise, all his positive qualities will be useless. And perhaps they will even cause harm.

This stone suits almost all zodiac signs. The exceptions are Leo, Pisces and Capricorn. If for Leo and Pisces the talisman does not pose a threat and will only be a beautiful decoration, then for Capricorn it is dangerous. People born under this sign are prone to self-destruction; wearing amethyst enhances this character trait.

Other zodiac signs receive only positive effects when wearing amethyst. For example, an amulet pacifies the impulsiveness of Aries, which often interferes with completing a planned task.

The stone will support Taurus in difficult situations, and will also contribute to the development of his personality. Cancer will be able to achieve success in love; the amulet has a particularly strong effect on girls of this sign. Such talismans will become suitable companions for those born under the sign of Virgo. It enhances analytical abilities and helps to make friends with people around you.

Any negative impact directed at Scorpio will be neutralized by a blue or purple amethyst talisman. Sagittarius will be able to improve family relationships.

Among all the signs, the stone highlights several favorites who can receive support and protection in any area of ​​life. The mineral favors the signs of the air element: Libra, Aquarius and Gemini. The stone helps the owner focus on specific goals, fills him with energy, and clears thoughts and emotions from doubt and chaos. In addition, the stone, which by its nature brings people together, will help air signs to weed out unnecessary acquaintances, leaving surrounded only by those people who are able to help, support or teach.

Artificial gem

With the development of science, people have learned to create various materials. Stones were no exception. Artificial amethyst is grown in special laboratories; the stone has the same physical properties, and the color of the mineral is determined in advance. Interesting fact: artificially created amethysts are not inferior in price to real ones.

The differences between natural and grown specimens are size, shape and color. The fact is that the amethyst color of natural crystals cannot be uniform. Some parts of the stone are always lighter or darker than the main mass. In the case of an artificial mineral, the color is always bright, rich and uniform.

Despite the fact that synthetic crystals were not created by nature, they do not belong to ornamental stones. In addition to similar chemical and physical properties, artificial amethyst has the same healing capabilities as a real stone.

Information about amethyst

☘ Origin story

Amethyst is considered the most valuable stone belonging to the varieties of mineral quartz. The only exception is silica. If we attribute it to any month of the year, then it is definitely July. Natural amethyst mineral has a microcrystalline structure, and its mysterious violet color, turning into purple, is explained by the admixtures of aluminum and iron in the composition. Quartz itself, without such impurities, would remain a simple, colorless, completely ordinary and inconspicuous stone. Like many other types of minerals of this group, the bishop’s stone (its other name) has either absolute transparency or half transparency and a pronounced glass luster. The opposite group of stones is distinguished by opacity or turbidity, full degree or half.

Amethyst or citrine

Lilac amethyst is a relative of yellow-hued quartz – citrine. There is even a stone called ametrine, which, as the name suggests, combines a mix of the two aforementioned minerals. The difference between varenik (another name for amethyst, Old Russian) and citrine is that the degree of oxidized iron impurities in their structure varies. If purple amethyst is heated at a certain temperature, the composition of iron in it changes and decreases, which affects the color of quartz – it becomes yellow, that is, it turns into citrine. If the amethyst is of low grade, it may be specially heated to extract citrine. Its color helps to distinguish heated citrine from unheated one – the heated one is redder.

The color violet is considered the color of royalty in many countries, so an amethyst with a similar color is often a stone of power. At one time, many kings decorated their crowns with bishop’s stones; many rulers of the world, both European and Egyptian, loved them. Here from its other name, it is also loved among the ministers of the Christian church. In Greek, its name means “not intoxicated,” so in ancient times it was often used as a protector against intoxication. Very often, wine and other goblets were carved directly from this stone or decorated with it. If we talk about our days, then even now purple is the color of sobriety.

☘ Definition of stone

Determined natural amethyst It is best in daylight, but artificial lighting distorts its beauty. The best light for it is after sunrise and before sunset, when the light is softest and warmest. Its colors can vary from light lilac to purple. The best specimens have a deep dark color with good saturation and minimal zoning of shades.

☘ Finding the stone

Like many minerals, amethyst is mined in Brazil. But it is also common in other parts of the world – in Indian, American, Mexican, Russian, Namibian and Uruguayan lands.

☘ Stone color

According amethyst stone color corresponds to the quantitative content of aluminum and iron in it. Its color can be either light purple or purple, deep purple, dark and even red-violet. Stones with dark shades are of particular value; the rarest is purple with splashes of pinkish. There is a stone called “Siberian”, it is considered the most expensive due to its very interesting combination of colors – purple, red and blue. If you come across a green amethyst, then you can understand that it is a heat-treated amethyst; in nature, these minerals are usually purple.

☘ Transparency and purity of the stone

Amethyst is often transparent, so it allows light to pass through it well. There are also translucent specimens; they transmit light poorly. The most valuable is an absolutely pure mineral without inclusions of any origin. Because of variety of amethysts on the market Often you can buy a pure mineral, with inclusions – this is rare.

☘ Shapes and cutting

Because the dispersion of color in crystals can easily change, amethysts are often cut into circles or ovals. Less commonly, the stone can be given a cabochon shape. Other cutting styles can be used and are quite popular, but for these shapes amethyst with good color distribution is usually used. The advantage of this gem is that it allows processing of any complexity, size and shape. If we talk about calibration, then interesting forms can also be found here, for example, trillions. Many craftsmen prefer low-ornamental processing of this mineral.

☘ Stone processing

Natural Amethyst stone basically unprocessed. Some low-grade stones can be heated to produce a different shade, but this will change the true color of the stone to yellow or reddish, creating citrine. If such processing has taken place, the buyer must be notified of this. If the stone is thermally treated, it will be either yellow, or brown-red, greenish or completely colorless.

☘ Varieties of amethyst

In fact, the quartz group includes many varieties. For the most part, they differ in color and optical properties, but some types may differ in their origin. Collectors or traders may also use the place of origin of the stone in the name of the stone.

  • Common types of mineral: Citrine, rose quartz, bolivianite, agate, lincurium, gold or star varieties of quartz are all fairly common stones.
  • Not the most common types of mineral: sardonic, carnelian, aventurine, Alaskan diamond, strawberry or mystical varieties of quartz, falcon’s eye, green amethyst – all these stones are quite rare and little-known.

☘ Healing properties of amethyst, mythology and metaphysics associated with the mineral

The origin of amethyst is described in Greek legend. Angered by the insult of a mortal, the god Dionysus decided to take revenge on every person he met along the way. The first one he met was Amethyst. Protecting the girl, another goddess Trivia turned her into a transparent stone. The tears of the angry Dionysus fell on the stone and stained it purple.

By right, the stone is an amulet for Pisces and those born in February; it is precisely this sign that should be accompanied by the violet creative energy of the stone. Neptune is named as the dominant planet.

If we talk about healing properties, exaggerated, invented or proven, then Amethyst stone helps strengthen human health and provide assistance in difficult times. His most important skills are: getting rid of migraine-like headaches, protecting against pancreatic diseases, getting rid of alcohol addiction and reducing pain in the back and lower back. In order for the stone to help as much as possible, it is advisable to wear it close to your naked body, and it is better to immediately place it on or near the sore spot.

☘ Mineral design

Amethyst stone rich in its designs, it is well suited for many types of jewelry, as it is distinguished by excellent qualities of strength and rigidity. Amethyst can be worn as a pendant or as part of a necklace, or framed in the form of a ring. Its color, lilac, violet, is often attributed to the female gender. But since ancient times, it is believed that purple shades are the colors of the royal family, so men can wear this stone without any hitches.

Bishop’s stone is good for its properties; it is wear-resistant and hard. Therefore, many jewelry craftsmen love it, making many interesting products of various shapes, sizes and designs from it. Among all the purple stones that exist today, amethyst is considered the most common and sought after.

☘ Stone care

Like many minerals, the “stone of the apostles” is washed under running water with a small amount of soap. After washing, it is advisable to rinse the soap off the stone thoroughly so that there are no streaks or residues of soap ingredients that could spoil the gem. The mineral is wiped with a soft cloth. When washing, a soft brush or sponge can be used if the dirt cannot be removed with regular soap and water.

If we talk about storing a gem, then amethyst, of course, is hard and durable, but there are harder stones in the world than it, so it is not worth placing it next to other minerals. It is better to wrap it in a piece of soft cloth or place it in a woven box, this way the stone will be preserved. Also, you should not keep softer stones next to it, because its hard texture can harm these stones.

Do not overheat your amethyst product, as this may reduce its quality and change color. When washing, do not use harmful cleaning products.

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