Beautiful Amethyst February Birthsone.
Amethyst Gemstone, Amethyst comes in all colours of Purple. Pictures of Different Amethyst Quartz Crystals.
Amethyst owes its colour to a trace element ( iron) in combination with natural radiation from its host rocks. It is the most valuable of the Quarts Gemstones with rich purple stones being the most prized.
A variety of vitreous quartz with purple, violet, or red-purple colouration, amethyst derives its name from the ancient Greek Amethiustos, meaning literally “not drunk” as it was believed to guard against drunkenness. Traditionally associated with purity and piety, amethyst has also always been favoured by royalty as purple is considered a regal hue.
Where to find Amethyst.
Found in most countries where granitic rocks are exposed, amethyst occurs in alluvial deposit and geodes. Its colouration is principally due to traces of iron, and it is sometime colour-zoned due to twinning or preferential absorption on the rhombohedral faces. Major commercial sources of amethyst are Brazil, where it occurs in geodes that are frequently human-sized. Uruguay, Siberia, and North America, Crystal from Brazilian and Uruguayan deposits are most often found as radiating masses with individual crystals appearing as pyramids, Lower grade Brazilian and Uruguayan amethyst is frequently turned into citrine by heat treatment, which changes its colour. Where both amethyst and citrine occour naturally in the same stone, the name ametrine is some time used.
Australia. In North Queensland. They have a Crystal Cave Man Made for the tourist. You can see a lot the Crystal Geodes there, all from Brazil. There is one over 6feet tall- dark Purple Amethyst, very beautiful. We bought a small Geode, that they cracked for you, but it only had very small crystal forming inside..Amethyst Geodo
Amethyst Gemstone History.
Amethyst has a long History as a Gemstone.
In the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia amethyst was highly valued and was used to create cylinder seals, engraved with a religious design and the owner’s name. The engraving was transferred to legal documents in the form of clay tablets by rolling the cylinder over the tablets. The ancient Egyptian amethyst came principally from Nubia, once a province of Egypt.
Today amethyst is both faceted and cut and shaped in to cabochan, Tumbled and Polished, and it is widespread use as a carving material.
Amethyst most valued shades are a deep, rich purple, and a deep purple with a reddish tinge.
Prismatic Crystal worn uncut as pendants.
Heat treated Amethyst .
When Heated, some Amethyst crystals change colour to a yellow-brown. Many crystals sold as Citrine are heat-treated Amethyst
Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone in Queensland Australia there is a lot of places to go to find Amethyst. Finding that Great stone is not easy. Large amount of Amethyst we have found are not clear, lots of flaws.
Amethyst Clusters are lots of Amethyst Points stuck together, as one stone.
Amethyst Flower are buried deep within a layer of basalt. They are carefully and tediously worked with small hand held tools until the basalt and other matrix minerals are removed, exposing the beautiful Amethyst Flower.
Chevron Amethyst displays v-shaped chevrons of deep purple to light purple and white Quartz that seep into beautiful layers. One place, It is found easy is, In the North West Qld. Australia.
I love the colour purples we have found fossicking for amethyst. So many things you can do with your stones that are not quality gemstones. The chevron Amethyst cut to a shape and put in a tumble, come out beautiful. Where we get the chevron Amethyst, we get the dark purple Amethyst, again very hard to find that piece without flaws.
At amethyst Castle in Queensland, it is not hard work finding Amethyst it is everywhere. You need Permission to go they as it is owned by a Mining company. There is camping ground that cost nothing.
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