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Silver amethyst jewelry, whether the stone is a pale lilac or a deep reddish-purple, is a jewelry that everybody wants in their decoration box. The tradition of birthstones is imbedded in our modern culture and birthstone jewelry is as popular as it ever was, and you can choose from an endless selection of items adorned with these special gems.
Amethyst as a healing stone is known to calm and protect
the mind. The silver amethyst jewelry is said to bring good
luck and to radiate love. The name "amethyst" comes from Greek
and means "not drunken." It was believed that amethyst would
ward off the effects of alcohol.
Amethyst, transparent purple quartz, is the most important quartz variety used in jewelry. Some variants are Cape amethyst and Ametrine. Amethyst is the birthstone for February. Women lucky enough to have a February birthday love receiving their fabulous purple birthday as a gift. Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, as well as in Zambia, Namibia and other African countries. It is not the same everywhere. Different localities can produce a unique amethyst to that particular region or even to that particular mine.
Amethyst is available in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including many fancy shapes. Large fine stones may be sold in free sizes but generally amethyst is cut in standardized dimensions. Amethyst is usually purple, but can range in color from pale lavender to a very deep, reddish purple and may have milky white or green inclusions.
The purple is the color of royalty. Its color and beauty are without rival, even from other much more expensive purple gems. Amethyst is often cut as brilliant round and/or oval stones to maximize the color. Often the amethyst has a long pyramid shape. Manganese is the main source of color in amethyst. Value per carat in amethyst, unlike many gems, doesn't rise exponentially with weight as it is readily available in large sizes; but depends almost entirely on color.
Today, amethyst is a lovely and affordable gemstone that is fortunately available in a wide variety of cut and uncut stones that we can all possess and admire. Amethyst is a popular gemstone, yet because it is very available, the price remains affordable, even for exquisite pieces. Silver amethyst jewelry will be your wisest choice.
Like any gemstone, take care not to subject your silver amethyst jewelry to sharp blows. Unfortunately, most people overlook the proper care of their jewelry, resulting in unnecessary devaluation. One should pay enough attention to the care of precious gemstones and jewelry. You can clean your silver amethyst jewelry using one part ammonia to six parts water or in an electrosonic jewelry cleaning machine.
Most gemstones used in jewelry have been treated to improve their appearance. Treated gemstones can be a good choice when you know what you are buying and pay a price that reflects a stone's true quality.