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Amethyst

Amethyst is a certain category of quartz that has a pink or purple color which is derived from the presence of compounds of manganese or iron.

The most valuable amethysts are those with tapering crystals and the deepest purple color.

Amethyst gemstones are also cut with milky white and violet streaks and are used as ornamental jewelry, beads, and rings.

It is carved and used for religious and devotional purposes, and for as objects for decorating homes.

Unlike diamonds and other mineral gemstones, amethysts develop without cleavage and are somewhat brittle with an opaque transparency.

Amethysts are the gemstones for the month of February. When cut, polished and shined, they are some of the most beautiful of gemstones.

In ancient Greece, amethysts were worn as amulets because they were thought to have mystical or magical powers, such as the ability to ward off intoxication or drunkenness, thus originating the phrase "amethysts," which means "not drunken."

Deposits of amethyst minerals are found in Brazil, Mexico, Madagascar, Russia, Namibia, Canada, India, Uruguay, and Myanmar.

In the United States, amethysts are mined in the state of Arizona.

 

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