The Amethyst bespeaks royalty and this stone can even overpower the personality of the person wearing it just by its royal appearance. The stone looks best when it is set in gold with diamonds, the combination of purple and diamonds is a classic. Of course, a single large Amethyst ring or a large pendant in dozens of tiny purple stones can catch the eye without the help of any other gems.
Jewellery without gemstones is like Cake without Icing. It looks attractive but lacks the decorative, distinctive touch of colored gems. Adding gems in basic gold/silver or platinum Jewellery gives it dash of panache and elegance. The appearance and price of the ornament depends on the stone, setting and cut of the stone. It can range from formal, semi-formal, casual or just junk Jewellery. Enhancing the glitter of precious metals is the gorgeous stone – the Purple Amethyst. Purple is the color of Royalty and many stately families possess Amethyst ensembles, antiques – made from the highest quality Amethyst stones.
The Amethyst bespeaks royalty and this stone can even overpower the personality of the person wearing it just by its royal appearance. The stone looks best when it is set in gold with diamonds, the combination of purple and diamonds is a classic. Of course, a single large Amethyst ring or a large pendant in dozens of tiny purple stones can catch the eye without the help of any other gems. Contemporary Jewellery designers have taken the purple of the Amethyst and combined it with Emeralds, Sapphires, Pearls, garnet and even Rubies to offer a palette of colors for fastidious customers. No excuse for not owning a piece of Amethyst Jewellery.
Like most gems, color is an important deciding factor in grading Amethyst. A deep, natural purple color is more valuable than a lighter shade. Also like most gems, synthetic Amethyst is often passed as the real gem. The synthetic stones look so much like the natural stones that sometimes even Jewelers can be fooled. In fact, many jewelers buy rough synthetic at almost the same prices that they would pay for natural stones. The advantage is the same quantity of synthetic rough yields more stones than from the natural Ametyst rough. Technology advancements which made it possible to grow all kinds of quartz in laboratories under artificial conditions and these laboratory grown amethyst are also sold in the market as the natural stone. It is difficult for even the trained eye to differentiate the natural from the synthetic, although stores of repute do declare if an Amethyst is synthetic.
The Amethyst is used not just for Jewellery but for Electronics and Crystal Therapy also. An Amethyst placed on the Crown Chakra (on the head) is believed to be beneficial in bringing harmony and peace to the mind. This stone has also been associated with celibacy and even today many Priests/Monks wear purple cloaks and even Amethyst rings to signify that they are not a part of the material world. Even the Buddhists believe in the power of purple and it is common to see Amethyst rosaries in Tibet. Healing, increasing psychic activity, lowering blood glucose and even inducing sobriety are among the many superstitions attributed to the Amethyst.
Amethyst is a hard stone, measuring 7 on the Mohs scale. This makes it perfect for Jewellery. Being a hard stone, it can be fashioned and cut into almost any shape. Rings, Necklaces, Earrings or Bracelets – this vibrant stone available in many shades of violet make a passionate statement at every event. Whether you like light lilac or a deep royal purple, there is sure to be an Amethyst that you will want to own. But be sure to store it separately, it can cause other stones, which measure lower on the Mohs scale to be chipped. On the other hand, even the Amethyst can be scratched or chipped if a stone like a diamond – measuring higher on the Mohs scale, rubs against it.
If you know an Aquarian, gift them an Amethyst, they will remember you for the rest of their life. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 6th year of marriage. This passionate stone loses its color when heated, turning to a pale yellow from its natural violet shade. As with all Jewellery, protect your Amethyst from conditions that can cause it harm. Chemicals from hair sprays or perfumes, exposure to the sun and most important, if you need to get your Amethyst Jewellery polished or repaired, the stones have to be removed from their setting by the Jeweler before the metal is heated. It is easy to maintain the Amethyst. Just clean it with warm water and a bit of gentle soap and a soft brush to remove the grime. Or you can even use an Ultrasonic cleaner.
While buying any Amethyst Jewellery, be sure to check the stones for a clear color with no cracks or other inclusions in the stone. Also be sure to buy from a reputed store that will be able to guide you to the right stone to match with your personality and budget. Of course if you just want something to liven up a bad day, purple junk Jewellery can do the trick. The Amethyst is a stone that suits both men and women and Amethyst rings on men look great.
From Clerics to Fashionistas to Royalty, the lure of purple has enticed people from all backgrounds across centuries. Strong and passionate with a character of its own, the Amethyst is truly royal.