What is Amethyst
Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones around the world. From ancient Egypt to the British royalty are all fascinated by its charm. Its main chemical composition is silicon dioxide. The purple coloration is from the trace iron and other trace minerals within the transparent quartz. Amethyst ranges in color from reddish purple to bluish purple and deep purple, and it has a Mohs hardness of 7. In addition, it is durable enough to use in rings, earrings, bracelets and other types of jewelry.
The Symbol of Amethyst
A long time ago, western countries have already seen Amethyst as a symbol of nobility and mystery. At the same time, it represents peace, calm, and pure love. In western history, Amethyst was believed to assist prophecy and to bring wealth and power. It has always been related to the religious classes that have ruled human cultures. During the Renaissance, Amethyst has stood for humility and modesty. For centuries, powerful monarchs have used Amethyst to symbolize royalty, and some Amethysts are even used to decorate the British Crown Jewels. It is said that Amethyst was a personal favorite of Catherine the Great, Queen of Russia. Whether in the East or the West, purple is the representative color of majesty.
The Legend of Amethyst
The name "Amethyst" comes from the Greek meaning "the non-intoxicated," and it originates from a beautiful Greek mythology. Dionysus, the god of intoxication, was irritated by an insult from a mortal. He angrily created tigers, and swore to revenge on the next mortal he encountered. Unexpectedly, a pretty maiden who was on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana appeared. Seeing the tigers, the maiden cried out to Diana, and then she was turned into a white, shimmering stone. When Dionysus realized what had happened and felt remorse for his behaviors, his tears dripped into his goblet of red wine. The goblet overturned, and the red wine spilled all over and saturated the white stone. It gradually became a purple quartz; thus, Dionysus named it after the maiden's name, and that is now known as Amethyst.
The Origin of Amethyst
Amethyst is widely distributed all over the world, and is available in Brazil, Korea, Uruguay, Zambia, Madagascar, etc. Amethysts from different areas vary in different hues from light purple to deep purple. The main place of origin on the market are Brazil and Uruguay.