Amethyst: The Stone of Sobriety
Over time, I have worked with a wide range of gemstones, yet amethyst keeps surprising me. It is one thing to create pretty trinkets of such beautiful gems, yet another is to understand the story behind each piece that comes to me. As a creative and spiritual person, I like to connect with my stones and the work I do. Every jewelry piece has been designed with great care and attention to detail.
Amethyst is a gemstone much celebrated by designers and fashion lovers, and it is one of the most sold items in my shop. Amethyst is an ideal gemstone for jewelry because of its royal color, variety of sizes and shapes. It has a wide tonal range, from pale lavender to dark purple. The pale colors are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian jewelry. The deep colors are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes. Amethyst complements both warm and cool colors.
Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that an Amethyst gemstone was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence.
In Tibet, an Amethyst gemstone is considered sacred to Buddha, and rosaries are often fashioned from it.
The Greek word "amethystos" can be translated as "not drunk." Amethyst gemstones were thought to be an excellent cure to drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were also made out of it! The gemstone also symbolizes sobriety.
Amethyst is being extracted in Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Argentina, as well as in Zambia, Namibia, and other African countries.
Typically, South American Amethyst appears to be found in larger sizes than African Amethyst. Still, African Amethyst has a reputation for having a more refined, more vivid color in smaller sizes. Quite dark amethysts, often small in scale, are also mined in Australia.
You can find all the available Amethyst pieces Copper Bug has here.