Brazilian and Uruguay Amethyst specimens are the most prized form of quartz, which naturally occur in crystal form are found in a large range of shapes, cuts and hues. These transparent prismatic crystals can be found in clusters as an incrustation (or druse) in a nodular stone, commonly known as a geode. Physically it is much like quartz in its transparency and luster, but Amethyst is unique in color. Ranging in shades of purple from pale lavendar/lilac to a deep intense purple. In jewelry, the deepest most dense variations of Amethyst that maintain their transparency are considered the most precious.
Throughout history, Amethyst's importance has been recognized in several disperse countries around the world. The earliest recognition of Amethyst, and the source of the origin of its name comes from ancient Greece. The word "Amethyst" is of Greek origin and is translated as - meaning not drunken, or intoxicated.
Amethyst has been used to adorn the possessions of rich and powerful monarchs. Rare Amethysts were some of the stones that helped decorate their jewelry and crowns. Its use can be traced back as far as its findings within the remains of Neolithic man.
Amethyst has come to be known as a power crystal with prolific healing powers which can be characterized as purifying, pacifying and transitional. Amethyst has been associated with the ability to transform lower energies into higher and to act as a healer at all levels of mind, body and spirit.
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