Amethyst

Since the dawn of time noticed by peoples around the world, amethyst has been one of the most widespread gems in the world. Present everywhere, it is nonetheless unique in its history and its color which oscillates between purple, purple and violat-red.

Many legends and powers are attributed to it, which strengthens the magic side of its distinctive color of other gems. Both popular and exceptional, it is placed in the rank of essential pebbles, whose "sparkling" as Philippe Tournaire says, inspires it to sublimate some of his jewelry.

Characteristics of a remarkable gem

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

The shades of colors of the amethyst

Although nature has created other predominantly purple wonders such as sapphire or even tanzanite, The amethyst remains the purple stone par excellence. By acting on the chemical elements that make up its crystalline structure, natural irradiation causes color concentration areas giving the amethyst this more or less pronounced lavender tone that defines it. By positioning the table of a faceted amethyst on a white paper or even immersing it underwater in a small container, we can better assess the distribution of its intense color, of its sometimes colorless areas and thus better judge its quality The concentration areas are visible, the more the amethyst is likely to be considered pretty because it is uniform. It then depends on the depth of its purple: if it turns out to be too dark or too clear, it plays against it. The happy medium is essential to obtain amethyst that its beauty dazzles us at its fair value. "For a pebble to be beautiful, he must sparkle, to have life in him" as theArtisan Joaillier Philippe Tournaire. Like him, those who appreciate this gem seek in it an intense purple sometimes slightly tinged with red and especially without a visible zone of color concentration, likely to harm the overall harmony which reveals its radiance.

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 clearer, or to make it darker…. Everything depends on its nature. In addition to heating treatments, amethyst enjoying undisputed success with all types of cultures, it was synthesized the first time in the 1950s.The magnificent purple amethyst perfectHaving been rarer than before, manufacturers have been inspired by its natural beauty to create an increasingly convincing dummy. 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 general. From that time, many laboratory tests became necessary to dissociation.

Amethyst, universal stone

This jewel of nature may be common because of its abundance around the world, it is nonetheless extraordinary when you think of its cradle, its history and what it is today. Until the 19th century, one of its main sources was Russia. The discovery of deposits in quantity in Brazil made it more accessible. The two most important sources being the Paré and Rio Grande Do Sul. Nowadays, amethyst is one of the most popular and one of the best -selling in jewelry stones. The features - and in particular zambia - is considered the continent providing very beautiful amethysts. We also find them in Uruguay, Argentina, Arizona, India, Canada, Myanmar, Mexico ... in hundreds of countries, on all continents ... that is how much Amethyst is universal ! But it is not necessary to go so far to find beautiful amethysts: indeed, France also constitutes a source! Obviously, beauty is everywhere ...

The amethyst, legendary stone

Amethyst, attributed in February, is one of the few beautiful pebbles to be at the origin of the most remarkable and recognized stones. Having always adorned the adornments of the greats of this world, many mystical stories are associated with it ... First of all, its appellation: coming from the ancient Greek "Amethystos", the verb "Methyo" meaning "to be drunk" and its color s' Approaching to wine cut with water, which would give it the power to preserve the drunkenness and evil of the country.

Without forgetting that purple symbolizes religion, royalty, seriousness and piety. In Tibet, it is considered the sacred gem of Buddha. Very anchored in the Christian religion, the purple of the amethyst symbolizes the heavens and the blood of Christ, being a mixture of red and blue. Many representatives of the Church are still carrying out amethysts on the finger today. A legend says that the god of wine called Bacchus swore to take revenge on a moved word a poor mortal towards him. Then appears amethyst, a beautiful young girl wishing to do good around her, who was transformed into a statue of quartz by the goddess Diane, in order to protect her from the bad feelings of the angry Bacchus. He realizing his bad judgment, shed tears of wine as remorse towards the beautiful statue.

The said tears dyed quartz in purple, thus giving birth to the beautiful gem that we know today under the name of amethyst ... so ordinary by its abundance and yet so rare by its beauty ... This gem knows how to be coveted ! Come and discover its radiance through the Original creations by Philippe Tournaire ... The amethyst is thanks to him sublimated in a fortified village, on an ion lonely or in a tower, and many other jewels! Amethyst is perhaps not a diamond, nor a sapphire or a ruby, but it has made its place among the great and merit.

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