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Amethyst 8mm Round


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About Amethyst

History and Folklore

The name originates from the Greek word amethustos, meaning “not drunken.” According to Greek mythology, amethyst, was made from the dyed tears of Dionysus, the god of wine and mischief. Amethysts are held in high esteem in many Western religions since they are mentioned several times in the Bible.

Facts and Information

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and is considered the finest variety of quartz because of its pleasing purple color. Amethyst can range in color from pale lilac to rich saturated purples. The pale lilac color is sometimes referred to as “Rose De France.” Amethyst in the market today has usually been heated to enhance the color. Amethyst is available in small to very large sizes, so the price per carat depends mainly on the color.

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Identification and Characteristics

  • R.I.: 1.544 - 1.553
  • Hardness: 7
  • S.G.: 2.66 (+.03, -.02)
  • Species: Quartz

Cleaning Methods

  • Safe in warm, soapy water
  • Usually safe in ultrasonic
  • Risky to use in steamer