Purple Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond.
Whether its crystals are left natural, polished, or cut into magnificent jewels, Amethyst is a gem of great beauty. It is a variety of Quartz found in many locations around the world, and forms as transparent, terminated crystals of all sizes in geodes and clusters. The presence of manganese in clear Quartz produces Amethyst, while additional amounts of iron vary the purple coloration. Amethyst ranges in hue from pale red-violet to deep violet, and may be transparent or opaque.
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