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"USGL CERTIFIED" ANTIQUE DECO STYLE 5.75 CARAT AMETHYST & DIAMONDS RING
ELEGANTLY SET IN SOLID 14kt GOLD
AMETHYST : 5.53 CARATS
CLARITY: EXTRA FINE
COLOR: EXTRA FINE
DIAMONDS: .22 CARATS
3.81 GRAMS OF 14kt YELLOW GOLD
Includes shipping and Insurance cost.
USGL ESTIMATED REPLACEMENT VALUE $7,133.00
History of the Amethyst:
Purple has long been considered a royal color so it is not surprising that amethyst has been so much in demand during history. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. Amethyst, transparent purple quartz, is the most important quartz variety used in jewelry.
Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence.
Because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, amethyst was very important in the ornamentation of Catholic and other churches in the Middle Ages. It was, in particular, considered to be the stone of bishops and they still often wear amethyst rings.
In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.
The Greek work "amethystos" basically can be translated as "not drunken." Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it! The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety.
The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from Greek myths. Dionysius, the god of intoxication, was angered one day by an insult from a mere mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a stature of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god's tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today.
Amethyst ranges in color from pale lilac to deep purple. The pale colors are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian jewelry. The deep colors are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes.
Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, as well as in Zambia, Namibia and other African countries.
Generally, amethyst from South America tends to be available in larger sizes than African amethyst but amethyst from Africa has the reputation for having better, more saturated, color in small sizes. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, is also mined in Australia.
Amethyst is available in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including many fancy shapes. Large fine stones may be sold in free sizes but generally amethyst is cut in standardized dimensions.
Amethysts. These are coloured violet to dark purple and associate with increased nobility, spiritual awareness, meditative and psychic abilities and inner peace. It transforms negative energy into positive energy, brings an understanding of death and rebirth, amplifies healing and promotes altered states of consciousness and relieves stress. It is therefore one of the most important and powerful stones and probably the most spiritual.
The Legend of Amethyst
Bacchus, in a drunken rage, commanded tigers to eat the first human they came across. This happened to be a young girl, Amethyst, who was worshipping at the shrine of Diana. In terror she begged Diana for help and was turned into a statue of white crystal. Bacchus was ashamed, calmed down and poured grape juice over the statue, turning into the colour now called amethyst. In Rome it was regarded that to drink out of an amethyst goblet was protection against drunkenness.
I come to you in gentle love,
Uniting Earth with Heaven above;
Be peaceful children and never afraid,
For in love and light we all were made.
Youngest species, human child,
Learn to be gentle, loving and mild.
I teach you the ALL:
Birth, death and rebirth.
Together we can create Heaven on Earth.
Energy - receptive.
Planets - Jupiter, Neptune.
Element - water.
Deities - Bacchus, Dionysius, Diana.
Powers - dreams, overcoming alcoholism, healing, psychism, peace, love, protection against thieves, courage, happiness.
It is a member of the quartz family and ranges in colour from light lavender through violet to almost black. Australian amethyst is particularly dark. It is associated with the third eye and crown chakras, enhancing right brain activity. It has a calming mental effect and is one of the best stones to use for meditation and over-worked, over-stressed and overwhelmed mental states, for those who suffer from recurrent nightmares. It is a blood cleanser and energiser and assists purification and regeneration, cutting through elusion. It has strong protective qualities and enhances spiritual awareness. As it is the stone that Bacchus used to cure his drunkenness it is thought to help cure alcoholism. It can be used for cleansing other crystals and stones. It strengthens the endocrine and immune system and is useful in the treatment of emotional and mental disorders, nervous disorders and easing pain. As an elixir it can be used for the pain of arthritis. It can also be used in dream revelation and give clarity of thought. It is a stone of love, not only of human love but divine love and unconditional love. Hundred of years ago the amethyst was moistened with saliva and rubbed on the face to banish pimples and rough skin.
(History of the stone found at GemStone.org)