Amethyst

Amethyst (Jamunia) is a purple colored semi precious gemstone which has been highly esteemed since the ancient times.Who should wear an Amethyst?Amethyst is the birthstone for Pisces sunsign (18 Feb – 20 Mar). In Indian astrology, Jamunia stone strengthens Saturn (Shani) and is the rashi ratna for Aquarius (Kumbh) and Capricorn (Makar). Amethyst stone bestows the powers of Saturn on its wearer and brings him wealth, wisdom, stamina and health. Ascendants of Aries, Cancer, Leo and Scorpio can also wear an Amethyst gemstone.

Amethyst is the official birthstone for February as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the birth stone for the Zodiac sign of Pisces. See the birthstone table for additional references to this stone on alternative birthstone charts. Amethyst is suggested as a gem to give on the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and the most valued member of the quartz family. It must be purple to be amethyst, but it can display a range of shades including deep purple, light lilac, lavender and mauve. Top quality amethyst is a deep medium purple with rose-colored flashes. Its purple color made it a stone of royalty for many thousands of years. See note about incorrectly named “green amethyst”.

Amethyst can occur as crystals that are six sided on either end. It also forms as drusy which are crystalline crusts covering the host rock. It is found inside geodes and in alluvial deposits all around the world and occurs in both crystalline or massive forms. When manganese is present in clear quartz amethyst is produced, while the amount of iron contained in the specimen accounts for the depth of purple.

Moh scale of hardness is 7. CZ is synthetic (artificial lab-created stone) and most astrologers consider it to be an ineffective substitute for Diamond (Venus), where Natural Zircon is considered the right substitute with benefits.

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