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Amethyst Gemstone

Origin | Name | Mining | Value | Mystical Properties

Origin of Amethyst & its mining

If we’ll discuss the true Oriental Amethyst, it will not be amiss to cite Pliny, who valued the Amethyst the first rank among all the stones of a purple color. According to his description, this gemstone was found in Syria, was known in Petra (Jordan), and addition in Egypt & Galatia; but the most valued Amethysts came from Cyprus.

Pliny also described the Amethyst which was similar too much to Sapphire in its color, that the Indians called it “sacon” and the stone itself as “socondion.”

Amethyst Gemstone

Some authors of XIX century provided the information, about this gemstone that is being used even in the Ancient Egypt where it was used for engraving, hence it was the first ornamental and engraving stone of the ancients. As the confirmation of his words he represents an example that the Amethyst was used as an ornamental stone of an abundance of Egyptian charms (inside the pendants for necklaces).

The Amethyst was also used for engraving by the Etruscans and the Romans and even inside of some Greek intaglio. This case demonstrates the ancient usage of this gemstone.

Origin of its name

Some ancient sources tell us that the Name of the Amethyst originated of its brilliancy, which is simulated to the color of wine. From the other hand, there are the sources introduced us to the story, which described the Amethyst derived to us from the Greek word means “not to inebriate,” that could be decoded, verbatim, as the stone which is protected your mind of intoxication. In other words, this gemstone helps to keep your mind clear of all of the bad intentions.

Although some of the ancient authors suggested that the Persian “shemest” represents the true origin of its name.

Where are the common mines of the Amethyst?

The Amethyst is mined in Sri Lanka, India, Brazil, Iran, Serbia, Hungary, Germany and Spain. The most valuable species comes from Kerry (Ireland).

The Value of the Amethyst and its use in Jewelry

Amethyst Crystals

In the middle ages, the amethyst was valued next to the Sapphire (because of its usual imitation of this stone), but because of the abundance of its immense crystals delivered from Brazil it had lost its value, became common and went of of fashion. In the present day it is almost valueless, compared to its value in the middle ages. However the natural amethyst us quite rare for today, therefore it is rising up in his prize.

This gemstone is greatly combined together with the diamonds and the pearls, whence it is commonly using in the jewelry as the supplemental stone.

The properties, attributed to the Amethyst

Pliny, described this gemstone in his treatise, says that the Amethyst could illuminate a dark room with the color of wine. However, it was about an amethyst of immense size, located inside the residence of one of the ancient kings.

Julius Wodiska described the Amethyst in his “A Book of Precious Stones” as «the natal stone of those born in the month of February, who, astrologically influenced under the sign of Aries in the Zodiac (despite the fact that the modern sources attributed the Amethyst to the Aquarius Birthstone), and are dominated by the Mars», in addition he described this gemstone as an amulet which could protect its owner from the «curse of excessive indulgence in stimulating beverages.»

Also, Julius Wodiska is attributed to the Amethyst the name of the “Soldier’s Stone,” as much as he appropriate this gemstone to a strong sentimental personalities, thus this only gemstone is actual to funeral train.

This gemstone is also actual in wearing with an evening dress. Furthermore, Amethyst is a symbol of February.

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