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What's in a Name?
Amethyst gets its name from a Greek word amethustos meaning "not drunken", as it was believed to protect against intoxication by alcohol.
It would be interesting to test this ancient theory whilst being breath-tested, but don't cite us in your defence.
Beautifully Coloured Gemstone
We believe that amethyst is one of the most beautiful of the coloured gemstones, particularly in its better qualities. As with other gemstones, the "best" colour can vary according to personal preference, and the quality of amethysts can vary considerably. The most important attribute shuld be an attractive colour. The rich deep violet colour is generally the favourite and most expensive, but a stone of medium colour intensity, with plenty of spakle, can also be very attractive. Many of the amethysts for sale in High Street stores are only in low to medium quality, being either pale or quite included, and as a result are not particularly attractive.
One thing about amethyst that we find very strange is that some people complain about its low price. Compared with diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire, it is true that amethyst is inexpensive, particularly in lower qualities. Even in very high qualities, amethyst is still not expensive, which makes it a veritable bargain among gemstones. We cannot understand why it is necessary for a gemstone to be rare and valuable before people can appreciate its beauty, even though we list rarity and value among the attributes of gemstones on our Gemstone Characteristics page. In fact, high quality amethysts still add up to a lot of pounds. This also seems to surprise some folk. Just because some amethysts are cheap, they assume this must be the case for all amethysts. Also because some amethysts are cheap, other people don't want to own even a high quality attractive amethyst, possibly because their friends may regard amethysts as not valuable. It's a bit like refusing to accept a Picasso because the artist is offering to give it to you for nothing, instead of asking a couple of million pounds for it.
In our experience there are, sadly, many people who can only judge quality by its price tag. Often these same people spend half their life searching around for the best deal, but fail to see it when they fall over it.
Amethyst is probably the most commonly used stone for Bishop's rings.
The hardness of amethyst is 7, and appears on the Moh scale as quartz.
About 70% of amethysts on the world market are now believed to be synthetic. This has only been discovered in the last few years. Many low cost high quality, deeply coloured amethysts are now appearing in inexpensive jewellery. Because the cost of testing is higher than cost of even the natural stones it is not often performed. Beware stones of perfect clarity, calibrated sizes and with precision cutting.
Oriental amethyst is a name incorrectly used for amethyst coloured sapphire (corundum).
|Chemical Composition and Name||SiO2 - Silicon Dioxide|
|Refractive Index||1.544 - 1.553|
|Specific Gravity||2.65 - 2.66|
|Crystalline System||Trigonal (Rhombohedral)|
|Other Optical Properties||Uniaxial|
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