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The Amethyst

{written by : Olivia Hoff}

Article word count : 319 -- Article Id : 3403
Article active date : 2012-05-19 -- Article views : 7486

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Amethyst, an eye-catching and popular gemstone, has a longlasting appeal and a most interesting history.

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Amethyst was once a most precious stone, and in the same category as diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald. Deposits of the purple quartz are widely distributed across all continents, and it was only a matter of time before these would be discovered, the price of amethyst would drop, and the former cardinal gem relegated to the status of semiprecious.

Nevertheless, purple was the traditional color of royalty, and it retains its mystique and popularity to this day. In medieval times it could only be worn by individuals of noble birth. It is mentioned in the Old Testament as one of the stones in the breastplate of Aaron, the Hebrew High Priest. The ancient Egyptians buried their Pharoahs with amethyst. More recently, famous amethysts include those set in the British Crown Jewels kept in the Tower of London, and a ring worn by the Pope. Napoleon’s first wife, Empress Joséphine owned a stunning amethyst tiara. Her granddaughter, Josephine of Leuchtenberg, became queen of Sweden. The current Swedish Crown Princess Victoria has been photographed wearing the tiara.

Commercial mining of amethyst takes place on a large scale in Brazil and Uruguay, also in Canada, Pakistan, Madagascar, and many other places. The one European amethyst mine open to the public is located above the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. Visitors are treated to a lecture on amethyst, a warm berry drink, and the opportunity to descend into the mine and dig for their own amethyst.

The spiritual attributes of amethyst are many. Crystals healers use amethyst to focus energy. The Greeks believed it prevented drunkenness. It is also known as the stone of love, and legend has it that Saint Valentine wore an amethyst ring. Each of the twelve apostles of Jesus is represented by a gemstone. Amethyst was assigned to Saint Matthias, who replaced Judas. Today, amethyst is most well known for its designation as the birthstone for February.

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I grew up around gem and mineral enthusiasts, otherwise known as rockhounds. I deal in minerals, crystals, and stones for jewelry makers. My other interests are literature, music, science, nature, gardening, art,ethnic culture, history, cats, collies, and horses. I write web articles, confessions, poetry, short fiction, and blog posts, sometime under the pseudonym Synnove Helgerud, which is my avatar's name in the virtual world Second Life. My rock shop website is here

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