Looking to mine amethyst?
Or are you wondering where your piece of amethyst jewelry came from? The amethyst can be found in many countries, including but not limited to Vera Cruz Mexico where the stone will be a very pale purple, Guerrero Mexico where the amethyst will be a very dark purple, Brazil where the gem will be found inside volcanic holes and the stones are a medium purple, Canada where the amethyst may have a red tint and is found in ancient rock formations, Africa where the amethyst is large but not generally beautiful enough to make amethyst jewelry and in the United States where it can be found along the east coast including the state of Maine, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Amethyst serves as the birthstone for those born during March. Technically, amethyst is a variation of quartz that’s purple in color. In general, the darker its purple hue, the more valuable an amethyst stone will be.
The human affection for this gemstone dates back to at least 4,500 years ago to Minoan times. Amethyst is also featured in Greek mythology. According to legend, Bacchus, the Greek God of wine and frivolity, had made a promise to send tigers after mortals who dared cross him. A rival God, Diana, called his bluff by transforming a gorgeous young woman into a statuette of pure quartz. Upon seeing this amazing transformation, Bacchus repented and turned the lovely statuette a deep purple color. Amethyst was born!
Curiously, amethyst has been long associated with wine and royalty in numerous cultures around the world. The Japanese word for purple, murasaki, is a synonym for royalty. Many in Medieval Europe believed that goblets adorned with amethyst provided protection against the ills of over-consumption of alcohol as well as proof against poisons. Amethyst was also said to protect against negative thoughts.
The biggest amethyst gemstone in the world weighs in at a whopping 343 carats, but smaller (and less expensive!) examples of the gemstone abound in jewelry, earrings, broaches, goblets, crowns, and other assorted treasures from throughout the ages.
Amethyst jewelry will be different in different part of the world. This is because the amethyst gem will vary depending on the location that it is mined. Certain mines will determine which shade of purple the amethyst is. In fact, the amethyst is so loyal to its original location that experts can look at an amethyst jewelry piece and know exactly which mine the stone came from. Aside from looking at the color of the amethyst jewelry, they will also pay attention to the shape of the stone and its particular features.