Throughout history amethyst has been used to guard against drunkenness and is thought to be helpful in overcoming addiction. It has been used for hearing disorders, insomnia, headaches and other pain.
The breathtaking Amethyst gemstone is the birthstone for February, but that does not set a boundary for the people who decide to put on this sparkling purple gem. This breathtaking gemstone attracts people of every birth month. The amethyst stone is definitely popular with jewelry lovers all over the world. It is a type of quartz with no shortage of this sparkling gem. The main reason why amethyst jewelry is not expensive is the gem can be found in mines all over the globe.
The color of amethyst jewelry is what makes the gem so striking; the very vivid color purple is stunning when set in jewelry. Amethyst jewelry is exceptionally popular and beautiful set in metal; particularly into silver, platinum or white gold. The purple brilliant color compliments the whitish metal and makes it stand out when worn. Amethyst jewelry is not one particular color of purple… the gem does vary in its color. However, the amethyst will definitely be a shade of purple; if not, it is not an amethyst! Aside from looking at the color of the amethyst jewelry, they will also pay attention to the shape of the stone and its particular features.
Amethyst jewelry has been crafted into breathtaking jewelry since the time of the ancient Greeks. The ancient Greek civilization believed that amethyst jewelry would keep away the negative effects of alcohol. Amethyst jewelry will be different in different part of the world. This is because the amethyst gem will vary depending on the location that it is mined. Certain mines will determine which shade of purple the amethyst is. In fact, the amethyst is so loyal to its original location that experts can look at an amethyst jewelry piece and know exactly which mine the gem originated from.
The amethyst can be found in many countries, including but not limited to:
- Vera Cruz, Mexico where the stone is a very pale purple.
- Guerrero, Mexico where the amethyst will be a very dark purple.
- Brazil where the gem will be found inside volcanic holes and the stones are a medium purple.
- Canada where the amethyst may have a red tint and is found in ancient rock formations.
- Africa where the amethyst is large but not generally beautiful enough to make amethyst jewelry
- United States where it can be found along the east coast including the state of Maine, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The most popular cut for the amethyst jewelry is a round cut. This cut shows off the color best making this gem utterly brilliant. Best of all, amethyst jewelry continues to be spectacularly beautiful and not overly expensive so that we can all enjoy this magnificent gem.