Amethyst Quartz

by labdagatic on May 18, 2018

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Amethyst is a violet variant of quartz regularly utilized as a part of jewelry. The name originates from the Old Greek ἀ a- ("not") and μέθυστος methustos ("intoxicated"), due to an ancient belief that the stone shielded its bearer from drunkeness. The antiquated Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels improved with it in the conviction that it would avert intoxication. It is one of a few types of quartz. Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and is the conventional birthstone for February.

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Amethyst can be found in essential tones from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may show one or both extra tones, red and blue. The best mixtures of Amethysts can be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the far East. The perfect evaluation is called "Deep Siberian" and has primary purple hue of around 75-80%, with 15–20% blue and (depending upon the light source) red optional hues. Green quartz is in some cases inaccurately called green amethyst, which is a misnomer and not a fitting name for the material, the correct wording being Prasiolite. Different names for green quartz are vermarine or lime citrine.

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Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems.

The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication, while medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets of protection in battle believing that amethysts heal people and keep them mild-tempered. Beads of amethyst were often found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England. Western Christian bishops wear an episcopal ring often set with an amethyst, an allusion to the description of the Apostles as "not drunk" at Pentecost in Acts 2:15.

A large geode, or "amethyst-grotto", from near Santa Cruz in southern Brazil was presented at the 1902 exhibitio in Düsseldorf, Germany.