Color: vary from almost colorless pale violet, blue-violet to purple, dark purple, almost black
Under the action of solar light amethyst violet gradually loses its color and becomes colorless When heated to a temperature of 300 degrees Celsius, he completely loses its beautiful purple color
Mineral: fine-grained quartzite with the inclusion of translucent mica or other minerals, which give the stone a shimmering sheen of gold, red, green "sparks"
Origin of name: The name amethyst comes from the Greek amethystos, which means neopyanenny At that time it was believed that wearing an amethyst is not affected by intoxication In addition, there was a belief that if you drink out of amethyst cups - not terrible poisoning
Match Zodiac sign: Amethyst recommended born under the sign of Capricorn, Aries
From the history of rock In China, from light amethyst cut bottles and small boxes In ancient Greece and Rome, carved from amethyst gems, seals, and small items In the Middle Ages amethyst highly prized in the East and in Europe, where he was considered preferable for jewelry items, and ecclesiastical garments of the priests With dedication to the cardinal dedicated handed over the ring with an amethyst, why in Catholic countries, the stone was named bishop, pastoral, and the bishop in Russia For ordinary jewelry has become widely used in Europe since the XVIII century One of the largest faceted amethysts in the world is 343 carats and is in the Museum of Natural History in London The giant amethyst kept in Washington - it weighs 1362 carats
Medicinal properties: It stores of intoxication, he stroked the wrinkles so that they did not elaborate, reduce freckles, treat burns, treating neurological disorders
Mystical Properties: In the Middle Ages gave amethyst favorite He was considered a remedy for wrinkles and freckles that makes a person cheerful, intelligent, drive away bad thoughts However, it should be at times, but not always In ancient times, was regarded as an amulet against drunkenness and other excesses Vavilov and poisoning It is believed that amethyst brings happiness, strengthens the will and improves metabolism In addition, "sobering properties" set forth in the name of the stone, in ancient times believed that amethyst protects against witchcraft
Amethyst - the most valuable mineral in the group of varieties of quartz In Russia, amethyst called "dumplings" According to ancient legends of the amethyst has a supernatural power In one of the Russian manuscripts (1672) states: "there is a stone Amatist cherry blossom, but born in India, the strength of the stone is: drinking otgonyati thoughts otdalyati spirited, kind, and makes the mind in all things to help give"
Source: Encyclopedia of stones.