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AMETHYST - the purple variety of quartz

  • Birhtstone for: February
  • Other Occasion: Sixth Wedding Anniversary
  • Color: various shades of purple.
  • Index of refraction: 1.544-1.553
  • Birefringence: 0.009
  • Hardness: 7 on Moh's scale
  • Cleaning: Ultrasonic only. No steam cleaning

    Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and is a popular gemstone. If it were not for its widespread availability, amethyst would be very expensive. The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek "amethystos" and means "not intoxicated" The story goes back to Bacchus and in th ancient tale drinking wine from an amethyst goblet, would prevent one from becoming inebriated.In another view the Greeks were referring to the almost wine-like color of some stones that they may have encountered. Its color is unparalleled, and even other, more expensive purple gemstones are often compared to its color and beauty. As a mineral specimen, amethyst is popular for its wide range of purple shades and its color and nice crystal shapes that produce a handsome, purple, sparkling cluster. Amethysts are found in Mexico, Brazil, Uraguay, Africa, USA, Italy and Russia.


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