The magic of “stone violets”
Amethyst stone is very popular among jewelers. At first glance, it captivates with exquisite beauty. Due to its delicate purple color, quartz was called “stone violet.” But behind the external tenderness of the mineral hides powerful energy. Amethyst is able to change a person’s life, cure many diseases. Who needs a stone? How can he help? How to wear jewelry with a gem? Let’s try to figure it out!
Where did the name come from: legend
Amethyst got its name by chance. Translated from ancient Greek “amethystos” means “not intoxicating.” According to legend, the stone was named after the nymph Ametis. Once Dionysus fell in love with a beautiful girl with purple eyes. Nymph did not reciprocate the god of winemaking. She was in love with a young shepherd.
Dionysus was angry about the nymph’s failure. He did not abandon attempts to achieve the location of the beauty, and after numerous failures he decided to take control of her by force. Fleeing from the intoxicated Dionysus, Ametis called for the help of the goddess Artemis. When Dionysus tried to wrap the girl in a hug, Artemis turned her into stone. The winemaking god was saddened by such an outcome of events. He began to pour sweetheart on red wine, which splashed in his goblet. A hoppy drink from the cup of God was supposed to revive the beauty, but this did not happen. From wine, the stone only acquired a pale purple hue, like the eyes of a nymph. The gem was named after the girl.
Knowing the legend of the origin of the stone, the ancient Greeks revered it very much. It was believed that the gem is able to prevent intoxication, can save from poisoning. That is why wine was presented to noble people exclusively in special bowls decorated with amethyst. Also, the nobles put rings on the feasts, inlaid with a unique gem, so that they “neutralize” the heady effect of wine.
“Stone violet” is a type of quartz. The stone “grows” in the rocks. The deposit also determines the composition of quartz – impurities of cobalt, manganese, and iron. Many gemologists are inclined to believe that these elements give the mineral a unique violet color.
What does amethyst look like in nature? The crystals are elongated, have a tetrahedral shape, and pyramids form at the end. Sometimes amethysts are found in groups, like mushrooms. There are most active mineral deposits in Germany and Austria. But the most valuable specimens are those that are mined in Brazil, Sri Lanka, in the Urals.
Amethyst has gained popularity due to its bright purple color. However, the tint palette of the gem may be different. Minerals with pink and blue shades are found. Rarely in nature find black, green, red pebbles: exclusivity makes them an order of magnitude more expensive than others. The hue of the mineral changes depending on the lighting: in the morning it is lighter, in the evening it is more saturated. Interestingly, every 25 years, natural amethyst loses about 20% of the color intensity.
How to distinguish natural from synthetic
In addition to natural, there are synthetic amethysts. In laboratory conditions, you can get pebbles of any shade, and it will not fade over the years. But, of course, artificial specimens are less valuable than real ones.
Natural stones can be distinguished from artificial stones in appearance. Naturally, natural and synthetic amethyst properties are distinguished. To understand which stone in front of you – natural or grown in the laboratory – it is enough to conduct simple tests. The table will help to understand the question.
What to do
Inspect the stone
Saturated uniform shade
Swipe a pointed object over a mineral
No damage left
Hold in hand
Stays cold for a long time
Heats up quickly
Submerge in water for 20 seconds
Edges highlight, lose color
Remains uniform, edges are clearly visible
Place under UV lamp
Color is lost in places
Studying under a magnifying glass
View under a magnifying glass
Of course, not all tests that determine the authenticity of amethyst can be carried out in a jewelry store. But visually evaluate the stone, check the thermal conductivity and study the mineral through a magnifying glass is quite realistic. These methods cannot harm the structure of the gem.
From ancient times, amethyst was attributed healing properties. Even in ancient Greece, stone was used as a talisman against intoxication. Modern lithotherapy believes that amethyst can relieve alcohol and drug addiction. To forget about addictions, just wear a gem jewelry. Moreover, it is important that the stone is in contact with the skin.
Amethyst is credited with the ability to protect against infectious diseases, increase blood circulation in the brain, strengthen the nervous system, and treat heart ailments. It is believed that stone helps with endocrine disorders and gastrointestinal diseases.