Amethyst Rings Have a History as Rich as their Color
Amethyst is a meandering and changing shade of violet, mauve and purple. It’s a variety of Crystal quartz family of semi-precious gemstones used as an ornament or in Jewelry. The name comes from the Greek A “not” and methuskein “to intoxicate”, an ancient reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from getting too inebriated. the ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst rings and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. This would seem strange as the beauty and allure of the rich Amethyst colors are indeed themselves very intoxicating.
Amethyst rings have also been used as Jewelry by the Egyptians. Beads, earings and bracelets of amethyst are found in Anglo-Saxon graves all over the United Kingdom.
Amethyst stones have been in use for thousands of years in magic, healing and psychic empowerment. Its spell binding violet color makes this one of the most sought after of quartz.
Wearing a beautiful amethyst ring legend says, can bring luck and good fortune to the person wearing it. Armed with this wonderful power human beings can create a lot of incredible things just by belief itself. This is not mere superstition as the practice and faith of crystal worship is a very enduring art, still practiced today by many authentic and renowned healers.
As with all gemstones, when you are looking for the right stone to set in a ring, clarity and colour are important when judging the stone’s quality, as well as size. The best quality amethyst rings are perfectly transparent and free from any visible inclusions. For Amethyst rings the darker colors are prized higher and considered more valuable, especially Siberian amethyst, which incidently is not necessarily from Siberia. These stones have a very deep purple colour with red and blue shimmers in the light. Often the color of an amethyst can vary within a single stone, therefore stones containing just a single colour are usually more valuable.
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