Amethyst Cufflinks

Amethyst is not only the most popular variety of quartz; it is also the most valuable. Amethyst gets its name from the Ancient Greek word “amethystos” which means “not intoxicated.” It is a traditional gift for the 6th wedding anniversary, and the birthstone for those born in the month of February.

Cufflinks were invented to give men the opportunity to add an elegant touch to their shirts. In the seventeenth century, men used ribbons and other materials to tie their cuffs together. Men began to use gold and silver small chains that were attached to a button on one end that held the cuff in place. Over the years, cufflinks have become a way to add style and sophistication to men’s dress shirts.

Amethyst has also been a part of the British Crown jewels. The color purple is also associated with royalty, and amethyst has been a favorite stone among many ruling families. Amethyst was also a favorite of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. Catherine loved the stone so much that she sent miners to retrieve them for her.

Amethyst got its name from the Ancient Greeks. They also have stories about its origins, more than one. In one of the myths, Dionysus (Deity of mischief and wine) was annoyed with the Goddess Artemis. He then created sacred tigers and sent them to the shrine of Artemis to kill the first worshipper they could find. That unlucky victim was a maiden named Amethyst. To protect the innocent maiden from the tigers, Artemis turned her into sparkling quartz. Mourning his defeat, Dionysus poured his wine over the statue. This wine gave Amethyst its color. In another variation of the tale, Dionysus was filled with pity when he saw the quartz maiden. Feeling regret, he wept tears of wine over the stone which stained the quartz.

Throughout history, Catholics have considered the amethyst to be a symbol of piety and celibacy. During the middle Ages, it was the official stone of Bishops. To this day, Bishops in the Catholic Church wear amethyst rings. In the Bible, amethyst is named as one of the twelve stones in the breastplate worn by High Priests of Yahweh. It represented the tribe of Dan, one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

According to his writings, Leonardo da Vinci thought that amethyst increased intelligence and helped to rid the wearer of evil thoughts.

Amethyst is available in shades from light pink to a very deep purple color. The grades of amethyst are: Bahian, Uruguayan, and Siberian. Bahian is a low grade and light in color. Uruguayan is a medium grade and has a purple tone. Siberian is a high grade amethyst and is the deepest of the colors. The most ideal amethyst is the deep Siberian, it is a deep purple with hues of both red and blue. Though the names may be misleading, grades of amethyst are based on color and not on the place where they were found. Amethyst grows within volcanic rock in many places around the world including; Brazil, India, South Korea, Uruguay, Russia, and the United States.

The quartz is cut into rounds, this helps to maximize the color of each piece. Originally the quartz is very pale. The iron and aluminum in the quartz cause the color to change when heat is applied. Amethyst is synthetically created. The process has become so precise that many experts are not able to differentiate between lab created a natural amethyst.

It is believed that amethyst has many different metaphysical uses. From the Ancient Egyptians to the amulets worn by Medieval European Soldiers, it has been relied upon for its powers. Some of the uses of amethyst include; stabilizing mental issues, increasing crops, good hunting fortune, avoiding snakebites, decreasing withdrawal symptoms of addiction, preventing miscarriages, diabetes, and reducing phobias. It has also been credited with curing hearing disorders, increasing courage, protection against thieves, awakening the soul, protection against psychic attack, and protection against seduction. Though it has also been called the “stone of friendship”, the amethyst is most commonly known as “the sobriety stone.” Its very name means “not intoxicated” and that was the power it was believed to have. The Ancient Greeks and other civilizations made drinking containers out of amethyst for this particular protection. Some even drank the stone itself, ground and placed into water. The stone has long been associated with a strong ability to avoid intoxication.

The Tibetan people also believe that amethyst is a sacred stone. It is the stone that represents the third eye chakra and is believed to have a sedated energy that can assist people by increasing emotional stability.

Amethyst is rated a seven on the Mohs scale. It is durable quartz and is suitable to everyday wear. Since the shade of amethyst is affected by heat, it should not be in direct heat for extended periods of time. For cleaning, warm water with a mild soap is sufficient.

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