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Uniqueness of amethyst crystal

The colors of the amethyst – from light pink to deep purple, indigo and violet – evoke strong healing powers of this crystal. The amethyst works to purify any space of negative vibrations, emanates higher energy and creates a suitable place for one to come back to the source of his or her own power. It calms and cools excessive emotions, and eases the transition to a more meditative state by clearing the unnecessary mind clutter.

On a physical level, amethyst is said to strengthen the immune system and help heal imbalances of the respiratory tract and skin. It is interesting to note that the name amethyst translated from Greek means a stone that can protect the wearer from intoxication ( also called the Sobriety Stone ).


The highest grade amethyst, called
Deep Russian,
is exceptionally rare and therefore its estimated value reaches $50,000
for one carat

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Up until the 18th century, amethyst was included in the cardinal, or most valuable, gemstones (along with diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald). However, since the discovery of extensive deposits in locations such as Brazil, it has lost most of its value. Collectors look for depth of color, possibly with red flashes if cut conventionally. As amethyst is readily available in large structures the value of the gem is not primarily defined by carat weight, this is different to most gemstones where the carat weight exponentially increases the value of the stone. The biggest factor in the value of amethyst is the color displayed.

The highest grade amethyst, called Deep Russian, is exceptionally rare and therefore, when one is found, its value is dependent on the demand of collectors. However, the average value is estimated at $50,000 for one carat.

In feng shui, the amethyst is used for its purification qualities, as well as its ability to connect to higher planes of energy. It can be used to calm the emotions in a household where there are excessive arguments and misunderstandings. It can also help with study and learning.

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Amethyst is produced in abundance from
the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil where it
occurs in large geodes within volcanic rocks.
Many of the hollow agates of southwestern
Brazil & Uruguay contain a crop of amethyst
crystals in the interior. Artigas, Uruguay
and neighboring Brazilian state Rio Grande
do Sul are large world producers exceeding
in quantity Minas Gerais, as well as Mato
Grosso, Espirito Santo, Bahia, & Ceará states.