A Brief History of Amethyst
Even during ancient times, Kings and Queens decorated crowns with amethyst. It was one of the most precious gemstones worn when leading the royal kingdom. Amethyst was a symbol of royalty and power. Rare and hard to find, wearing Amethyst was a sign that you were one of the elites.
Religious leaders displayed this rare gemstone on robes and headwear. Yes, there was a day, a time, and a place, when Amethyst was almost impossible to find. It was a gemstone reserved for a special class, available only for the very wealthy. Only the very affluent could afford to purchase this scarce gemstone.
It’s all about the Color
Not only was the amethyst rare because it was difficult to locate in nature’s treasures, but the color purple was in limited supply. Back in the olden days, before you or I were around, or our parents or grandparents, way back, purple was a challenging color to dye, Nature had a solution for creating purple jewelry, it was amethyst.
Amethyst gemstones ranged in color from lilac to deep purple. The combination of color and scarcity made this gemstone available and affordable only for the very rich.
From Scarcity to Abundance
When Amethyst was discovered in Brazil and Uruguay, the supply increased, and Amethyst became both abundant and affordable. You didn’t have to be a member of the royal kingdom to wear amethyst, and you didn’t have to be a cardinal or bishop, to own this gemstone, it was available and affordable for many. Yes, the ordinary can now decorate with this extraordinary purple gem, without breaking the bank.
It turns out, nature had an abundance of these purple quartz gemstones. In fact, it is one of the most plentiful gemstones in the earth’s treasure chest. Cleopatra would be shocked to learn how much amethyst is in the world!
Amethyst, a quartz crystal is frequently crafted into beautiful jewelry pieces. Whether you are looking for new jewelry, or a vintage jewelry piece sporting a real gemstone, amethyst can be found everywhere.
Sometimes crafted into real gold, and sometimes crafted into the gold plate. Sometimes set in sterling silver and sometimes set in silver plate, amethyst may be one of the most abundant gemstones discovered in the universe. Take a look in Grandma’s Jewelry box, and you will probably discover Grandma owned a piece or two of amethyst.
How Much is Amethyst Worth
Amethyst purple in color but the deeper the purple, the more valuable the gemstone, and the higher the price. A deep purple color, a couple of reddish highlights, and a large stone command the highest price. And of course, the cut and carat of the gemstone determine the value.
A Price guide can be found here at Price Guide for Amethyst
Don’t let the quantity of this beautiful purple gemstone steer you away from wearing something rare.
The Metaphysical Characteristics of Amethyst
Amethyst is greater than a quartz crystal that shimmers and shines, the metaphysical interpretations of amethyst are powerful.
Amethyst originates from the Greek word, “Amethysts” which means sobriety. The belief is wearing amethyst jewels, or holding a gemstone close, will keep you from getting drunk. That is helpful if you are a religious leader, delivering a sermon after sipping on a glass of wine. It might not work really well if you are a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Tense stressed, need to relax, Amethyst is a calming gemstone. Clarity and tranquility may be the reason why religious leaders adorn this jewel in their religious attire. Many meditate wearing or holding this sparkling, purple gem.
Amethyst gemstones are known for stilling and turbulent thoughts from antiquity to the contemporary world. It’s a great gemstone to carry or wear when meditating, leading a religious sermon, or emulating kings and queens. Wear amethyst and you will feel like royalty.
Every month of the year has a birthstone, a special gemstone for the month you were born. Amethyst is the birthstone for people born in February.
Whether you want to emulate royalty, or need calm and tranquility, or just need to stay sober, amethyst is a great gemstone to wear. It might even be simpler than all of that. It might just be that this sparkling purple gemstone is the perfect match for an outfit that you want to wear. Don’t have a piece of amethyst, or need another? Check here at grandmasjewelry123.com
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