Amethyst is a member of the Quartz family with the mineral content of silicon dioxide owing its violet color to irradiation and impurities of iron and other transition metals. The color of the February Birthstone makes it a desirable among women. The semi-precious gemstone is known as a symbol of purity and spirituality. The ancient Greeks thought it to be an antidote against drunkenness.
Amethyst was worn in ring by the patron saint of lovers, St. Valentine. Since then Amethyst became the official gemstone for Valentine’s Day.
Amethysts are available in large and clear crystals which tend to be quite affordable as opposed with other gemstones.
Amethysts are said to open the third eye of a person which considered as a source of power and wisdom.
The finest color for amethyst is a strong reddish purple with no visible color zoning. Pale color, brownish hues, and color zoning will fetch lower prices for amethysts.
The aim of the buyer should be to search for an eye-clean gemstone in case of faceted amethyst while eye-visible included amethysts may be fashioned into cabochons and beads.
Besides the standard cuts, amethysts are quite popular for artistic designer cuts and carvings. Such cuts are also known as fantasy cuts.
Amethysts can be cut into a considerable size range and since they appear as large crystals, it is rather easy to find a large size amethyst without any dramatic variation in price.
Amethyst is a kind of quartz with chemical composition of silicon dioxide. They are formed in lava when gas bubbles get trapped and allowing crystal formation inside the cavities created by those bubbles. The purple quartz uniquely grows in huge geodes which are rocks filled with crystal gemstones. The gems in such geodes follow a six-sided pyramidal crystal structure.
Like most of the gemstones, there is an option to choose between natural and lab-created Amethysts. One must not confuse “lab grown” with the “fake”. While synthetic is a replica the lab grown is developed in a controlled lab environment.
Notably, there are arise two major difference in both categories as lab grown amethysts tend to be uniformly colored and free of flaws.
Amethysts were first mined in Russia and later they were sited in Brazil, thereby increasing the supplies. Today, amethyst are mined almost in every part of the world like Africa to Asia to South America.
Amethyst Ring is quite easy to clean due to their hardness and durability. However, a few things must be kept in mind like avoiding contact of the gemstone with make-up, harsh chemicals, abrasives.
While cleaning the jewelry make use of lukewarm water and mild cleaning detergent. Soft toothbrush can be used to clean the underside of the amethyst.Also, the ring must be individually kept to avoid contact with other jewelry to avoid unnecessary scratches.
The most common Amethyst Certifications includes from GIA, IGL and HRD labs. It is usually a document you receive on the behalf of the aforementioned 3rd party labs which describes an amethyst in all of its characteristics.
Each and every party’s defining grounds may defer.
Amethyst would cost you somewhere between $2 and $7 per carat.