Amethyst, the birthstone for February has been enchanted and adorned by royalties for centuries.
The name is derived from the Greek word ‘methustos’ that translates to a “intoxicated.” Traditionally, amethyst was a gem given as a token during weddings.
The color of amethyst gemstone varies from a strongly saturated violet purple to a fine reddish purple. The many-hues that this gem comprises of makes it very fascinating and attractive. As it happens, ultra violet is Pantone’s 2018 color of the year! Pantone describes this hue as a “provocative and thoughtful purple shade that embodies individuality and spirituality.”
Until the nineteenth century, amethyst was as expensive as rubies and emeralds. However, large deposits were found in Brazil and there since, Brazil remains an important sourcing region along with Zambia, Canada and the United States.
If you’re looking to invest in this beautiful medley of purple gem, here are some tips that you should consider.
1. Any brown or bronze tint on the gem lowers the value drastically.
2. A light lilac hued stone is usually more affordable than an intense purple.
3. A strong purple or reddish hued purple is considered to be the finest quality amethyst.
4. Amethyst can be found in a variety of fancy cuts or sizes as it is easy to obtain the gemstone – so don’t be surprised!
A beautiful purple quartz can bring warmth, love and peace to one’s life and this makes amethyst a perfect birthstone for February birthdays!