FUN FACTS ABOUT AMETHYST


February's birthstone is the elegant and stunning semi-precious stone amethyst. Here are some interesting facts about amethyst.


-The Amethyst gemstone is a member of the silicon dioxide or quartz family.


-Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February and Pisces signs born between February 19th - March 20th. The corresponding zodiac signs for Amethyst in Astrology are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, and Libra, and the 6th, the 17th, and the 33rd Wedding Anniversary stone.


-What does purple amethyst mean? The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek word "amethystos", which translates to "not intoxicated." Some Greeks believed that amethyst could protect a person from becoming intoxicated.


-Ontario's official gemstone is amethyst, and the state stone of South Carolina in the United States.


-Amethyst crystals have adorned the crowns of many rulers throughout history, including Queen Elizabeth II of England.


-Amethyst stones are slightly pinkish violet to deep grape purple.


-Amethyst gemstones are known for their vibrant violet hue. The purple stones get their color when iron replaces silicone in the crystal structure through irradiation.


-Only a few quartz species can grow to be big and have slight inclusions. Amethyst is one such quartz and others include smoky quartz, citrine, and ametrine. Because of this, the price per carat rises gradually rather than exponentially, as it does with some gemstones that are exceedingly rare in big, clear dimensions.


-Unlike most precious and semi-precious gemstones, where their price corresponds directly to weight, amethysts' value relies on the vibrancy of their color. The most valuable color of amethyst is "Deep Russian," which is so rare that the price is dependent on collector interest.


-Due to how widespread quartz as a mineral is, amethyst gems are widely available in varying quantities; one of the largest deposits of amethysts is in Zambia.


-Amethyst stones are widely distributed as a mineral, but fine, clear specimens suitable for jewelry are relatively rare. High-grade amethyst stones come from Brazil, Uruguay, North Carolina in the United States, and Chile.

-Amethyst Geodes form when gas bubbles in lava.


-Each crystal inside an amethyst geode has six sides. The majority of the amethyst geodes in the world come from Brazil.


-These amethyst geodes are high valued stones, and their price can differ from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.


-The color of amethyst crystals shifts when exposed to high temperatures. When natural amethyst stones heat up, they lose their distinctive purple hue and become dark yellow or orange. Because so much citrine is heat-treated amethyst due to the uncommonness of natural citrine, a significant part of available citrine on the market is heat-treated amethyst.


-Amethyst crystals are very sensitive to light, and if they are exposed to sunlight for a long time, the color might fade significantly.


-Under sunlight, fluorescent, or incandescent lighting, some gemstones have a remarkable capacity to change color. This effect is seen in diaspore, fluorite, and color-change sapphire. Amethyst is not a color-changing gemstone, except Rose de France amethyst and a few documented purple/red specimens.


-Heat-treated amethyst makes up 99% of the "citrine" market. In addition, partially heated amethyst creates a yellow and purple crystal called ametrine


-Ametrine is also known as bolivianite or trysnite. The first name is an allusion to the point that most ametrine stems from Bolivia.


-Chevron amethyst is a crystal with layers of quartz white in color and amethyst.


-Amethyst (which rates a seven on the Mohs scale) can even scratch glass (which ranks a five on the same scale). Amethyst will leave a mark on the glass, but you will not damage the stone at all.


-Corresponding to the third eye chakra, amethyst gemstones symbolize spirituality, peace, and tranquility.


-Traditional Tibetan prayer beads have been made from amethyst for centuries and are used to purify the mind in preparation for meditation.


-Amethyst gems encourage a peaceful night's sleep, relieve tension, increase inspiration, and provide mental clarity.


-The infamous Delhi Purple Sapphire is an amethyst. The story of the Delhi Purple Sapphire probably deserves a page all to itself; such is the amazing story of this cursed piece of jewelry. The British soldiers who looted it from a Hindu temple thought it was a sapphire, but now we know it's amethyst. It is now in Britain's Natural History Museum.