The Amethyste

Amethyst is one of the most widespread gemstones in the world since the dawn of time. Present everywhere, it is none the less unique because of its history and its color that oscillates between purple, violet and red violet.

Many legends and powers are attributed to him, which reinforces the magical side of its color so distinctive from other gems. At the same time popular and exceptional, it places itself among the pebbles inescapable, whose "sparkle" as Philippe Tournaire says, inspires him to sublimate some of his creations.



Characteristics of a remarkable gem

From the mineral group of quartz which is full of varieties such as citrine or rock crystal, amethyst is the most prized stone among them. It is a silicon dioxide and owes its color to the presence of iron in its chemical composition. Like all quartz, its hardness is 7, just behind the topaz. Most amethysts on the market do not show any visible inclusions. Otherwise, they are usually cut into cabochons. In general, the amethyst is cut in large twin crystals, the concentration of its color being generally at the extremity of the crystal.



Color shades of amethyst

While nature has created other predominantly purple wonders such as sapphire or tanzanite, amethyst violet stone remains quintessential. By acting on the chemical elements that make up its crystalline structure, the natural radiation causes color concentration areas giving the amethyst that more or less pronounced lavender tone that defines it. By positioning the table with an amethyst faceted on a white paper or by immersing it in water in a small bowl, we can better assess the distribution of its intense color, its sometimes colorless areas and thus better judge its quality. The smaller the concentration zones are visible, the more likely the amethyst is to be considered pretty as uniform. Everything depends on the depth of its violet: if it turns too dark or too light, it plays against it. The balance is needed to obtain amethyst that its beauty dazzles us with its true value. "For a pebble to be beautiful, he must sparkle, and have life in him," as the artisan jeweler Philippe Tournaire would say. Like him, those who appreciate this gem look for an intense violet sometimes slightly tinged with red and especially without zone of concentration of visible color, likely to harm the overall harmony that reveals its brilliance. 



Treatment and imitation of an essential stone

In order to improve its color and therefore its lust, the amethyst is often heated: either it is heated to make it lighter, or to make it darker... Everything depends on its nature. In addition to heating treatments, amethyst enjoyed uncontested success with all types of cultures, it was first synthesized in the 1950s. The magnificent amethyst in perfect violet is becoming rarer than before, industrialists Were inspired by its natural beauty to create an increasingly convincing factitious. It was easier to distinguish the false from the true until the 1990s, because the stem crystals used to copy it were not large twin crystals as is the case in the natural state in general. From then on, numerous laboratory tests became necessary to make the dissociation.



Amethyst, universal stone

This gem of nature is in common because of its abundance throughout the world, but it is still extraordinary when you think of its cradle, its history and what it is today. Until the nineteenth century, one of its main sources was Russia. The discovery of large deposits in Brazil made it more accessible. The two most important sources are Paré and Rio Grande Do Sul. Nowadays, amethyst is one of the most popular colored stones and one of the most sold in jewelry. Africa - and in particular Zambia - is considered the continent providing very beautiful amethysts. They are also found in Uruguay, Argentina, Arizona, India, Canada, Myanmar, Mexico... In hundreds of countries, on every continent... This is how amethyst is universal! But it is not necessary to go so far to find beautiful amethysts: indeed, France is also a source! Obviously, beauty is everywhere… 



Amethyst, the legendary stone

The amethyst, attributed to the month of February, is one of the few beautiful pebbles to be at the origin of the stones most noticed and recognized. First of all, its name: from the ancient Greek "amethystos", the verb "methyo" meaning "to be drunk" and its color s' Which would give him the power to preserve from the drunkenness and evil of the country. Without forgetting that violet symbolizes religion, royalty, seriousness and piety. In Tibet, it is considered the sacred Buddha Gem. Very deeply rooted in the Christian religion, the violet of the amethyst symbolizes the Heavens and the blood of Christ, being a mixture of red and blue. Many representatives of the Church still wear amethysts on the finger. A legend tells us that the god of wine named Bacchus vowed to avenge himself on a displaced word from a poor mortal towards him. Then came Amethyst, a beautiful girl who wanted to do good around her, which was transformed into a statue of quartz by the goddess Diana, in order to protect her from the bad feelings of the angry Bacchus. The latter, realizing his bad judgment, shed tears of wine as a reminder of the beautiful statue. The said tears dyed the quartz in violet, giving birth to the beautiful gem that today we know under the name of amethyst ... So ordinary by its abundance and yet so rare by its beauty ... This gem knows to be coveted ! Come discover its brilliance through the original creations of Philippe Tournaire... The amethyst is thanks to it sublimated in a fortified village, on an ionic solitaire or in a tower, and many other creations! The amethyst is perhaps not a diamond, a sapphire or a ruby, but it has made its place among the great and the merited.


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