Amethyst - The Reliever Of Stress
Despite its prevalence, Amethyst has been one of the world’s most revered stones for many centuries. This quartz is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. Those born in February have Amethyst as their birthstone, providing them with long lasting friendships and the ability to overcome any obstacle they face.
Amethyst – The Reliever of Stress
Amethyst got its name from the Greek word meaning ‘sober’. Ancient Greeks and Romans would routinely stud their goblets with Amethyst believing wine drunk from an Amethyst cup was powerless to intoxicate. They also believed that an Amethyst stone on the body had a sobering effect, not only for inebriation but also in over-zealous passion.
Today Amethyst is linked to the crown chakra, which is helpful in purifying the mind and clearing negative thoughts. This includes the negativity of stress and anxiety. These healing properties are especially useful in regards to work-related stress due to the fact the stone is also associated with abundance; therefore relieving stress while emanating prosperity.
The Color of Royalty
The purple color of Amethyst is well known for being a dark purple, but amethyst actually occurs in many purple colors, along with some red and greenish tints. Light amethyst is used to cut small calibrated stones for use in mass-market jewelry, while amethyst that is a darker reddish purple in being used in high-end or designer jewelry.
With a combination of attractive colors, good durability, and affordability, it is no wonder that amethyst is a favorite gem of artisans, jewelers, craftspeople, and consumers.
The beautiful color of Amethyst isn’t the only reason the gem is popular. Amethyst is also a very durable gemstone and doesn’t take much effort to maintain its polish and natural color. Amethyst has a Mohs hardness of 7, and that is generally considered hard enough for almost any jewelry use.
However, with a hardness of 7, it can come in contact with a variety of common objects that can produce a scratch on its surface. Accidental scrapes on hard objects or abrasion with other gems of equal or greater hardness can cause damage, so it is important to make sure that when you store your Amethyst jewelry it is not in contact with others pieces of jewelry.
Long-term storage of amethyst and amethyst jewelry is best done in a jewelry box or other dark locations. The color of some amethysts can be subject to fading by prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or bright display lights.
For those lucky enough to sport Amethyst as their birthstone or for those of us that just love its regal hues, we have many beautiful amethyst pieces for every budget. One of our favorites is this gorgeous, large and very deep purple amethyst pendants in a pear shape with just enough diamonds to give it a terrific sparkle. Our beautiful amethyst set, custom made and stamped with our logo, is a great value for everyday wear in sterling silver. We have many affordable amethyst pieces in several shades to make the amethyst lover happy!
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