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By Gemporia

Amethyst is the flag bearer of the quartz family perfectly showcasing all that this mineral has to offer with its fine reddish purple colour, its eye clean clarity and its generous carat weights.

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ORIGINS

A gemstone that was once as expensive as Emerald, until the 19th century when Brazil came to dominate the gemstone landscape with their huge scale mining operations that have long since diminished. Amethyst still ranks as the most expensive and desired variety of quartz due to its unique natural deep purple body colour and exceptional clarity. Fine grade amethyst is found in Brazil, Zambia and most recently an exquisite and completely distinctive variety was discovered in Morocco.

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MEANING

Amethyst is steeped in a rich and romantic history owing to its association with St Valentine. The patron of romantic love wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of cupid and this lead to Amethyst becoming a birthstone for the month of February. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst quickens the intelligence and helped to dissipate evil thoughts. Official gemstone for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

"This stone has been forming deep within the earth for millennia but its journey only really begins when it is selected by us and chosen by you"

CHARACTERISTICS

In Brazil this stone forms in hollow, crystal lined geodes and in other locations it forms over millions of years embedded in its host rock. The most desired colour for the body colour of amethyst is a deep ‘Siberian’ purple reminiscent of the now depleted original source. Finest examples of amethyst form in two distinct colour groups; a deep purple with undertones of a cool blue or a reddish purple, sometimes referred to as “raspberry”

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