A Natural East West 14.5CT Pear Cut Purple Amethyst Ring. We love this ring!
Amethyst is an exceptionally well-known mineral and gemstone. It is the purple variety of the mineral Quartz has been a prized gem for centuries. It is the birthstone for Pisces and the month of February, and the gemstone for the 6th & 17th wedding anniversaries. This stunning semi-precious stone is formed in geodes called "hollow rocks". When used as a gemstone, Amethyst is often heat-treated to deepen the color, or to transform it into Citrine. The typical color of an amethyst boasts the color of royalty, a rich violet-purple. Some varieties may also change to a light green color, which is given the trade name "Prasiolite", or "Green Amethyst", as it is more commonly known in the gem trade.
Amethyst has been a highly esteemed gemstone for centuries and was once equivalent to rubies and sapphires. The discovery of huge deposits of amethyst stones in South America and other countries increased its availability and simultaneously reduced its rarity and price. In spite of this, it still remains one of the most popular choices among the many semi-precious gemstones available today.
This gem gets its name from the Greek term "amethystos", which refers to "not being inebriated". It was believed that an amethyst possessed the powers to negate the effects of alcohol consumption and also promote sobriety. Throughout history, this gemstone has been cherished for its captivating beauty. Even today, it is considered to be a symbol of contentment and spirituality. An amethyst is attributed with the power to calm the mind and prevent conflicting emotions. Amethyst is an attractive gemstone with a rating of 7 on the Mohs scale, which makes it relatively hard. The natural abundance and infinite variety of quartz have made it the most widely used of all gem minerals.
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