What is an amethyst ring?




 

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Rose Gold Oval Amethyst Ring

Amethyst rings are increasingly becoming one of the rings that are now used for making (pre-)engagement rings. Amethyst is a colored gemstone for people that love purple stones. It is also the gemstone associated with people who are born in the month of February. It is a symbol of sincerity, spirituality and purity which are important characteristics of wedding vows. Amethyst rings are also affordable as there has been a recent discovery of amethyst mines in Russia and South America.

Amethyst has a violet color and it is a purple variety of quartz. The violet color is as a result of irradiation, iron impurities and trace elements in it. It has the same hardness like quartz and is a good choice for making jewelry. On the Mohs scale, the hardness of amethyst has a rate of 7 out of 10. The stone is therefore relatively hard but it can be scratched by sapphire or diamond.

HISTORY OF AMETHYST

Greek mythology has it that a maiden called Amethystos was turned into a white stone by the virgin goddess Artemis. Dionysus, the god of wine and intoxication who fancied her honored the stone by offering wine over it. The wine color then tainted the white stone purple and that is the stone known as amethyst today.

HUE AND TONE OF AMETHYST

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Deep Siberian Color Shade Amethyst Ring


The primary hues of amethyst can be a deep purple color to a light pinkish color. The gemstone has secondary colors of blue and red as well. The best of the amethyst is called the Deep Siberian and it has a primary hue of purple with red and blue secondary hues. Deeper colors of amethyst are therefore a widely preferred choice and are sold at higher prices.




The most valuable amethysts are the ones that have a deep purple hue with blue, red or rose flashes. If you therefore want to buy an amethyst ring, ask to see the gemstone in daylight or under a jewelers light as their true colors are not truly represented indoors in artificial lighting.

HOW TO EVALUATE THE CLARITY OF AMETHYST RINGS

When inspecting the gemstone for clarity, you should note that amethyst of good quality is transparent, so if you hold it up to light, it should go through the stone completely. Your aim should be in getting an amethyst ring that is free of flaws and inclusions as they are capable of compromising the appearance and structural integrity of the gemstone. Flaws and inclusions will absorb light and will not make the stone transparent.

Since a perfectly clean stone is hard to get and it should not be the target. Make sure that the amethyst rings you eventually buy has small inclusions that are small. Also check for the prongs and edges of the stone settings to make sure it is secure.

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Checkerboard Cut Amethyst Ring

 

CUT

To maximize the color of amethysts, they are usually cut to maximize their sparkle and their brilliance. To buy amethyst rings, check out for the intensity of the color. If it is well saturated and the stone’s cut is in a shape you like, you can go for it.