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Amethyst Rings: More Than A Nice Rock

There is nothing quite like Amethysts when you’re looking for a stone with diversity. The rough purple and magenta amethyst crystallized rock itself looks very interesting and unique and is often used as is to act as a sculpture or piece of art. As a gemstone it brings out an entirely different and more polished beauty in amethyst rings, pendants, necklaces and earrings.

Amethyst rings and necklaces are often given as a gift on the 4th, 6th or 17th wedding anniversaries though I have yet to find out exactly why that is! It is also the birthstone of the zodiac sign Pisces. Though Amethyst is of astrological significance, it also has certain healing factors. It is recommended to be worn by people afflicted by certain emotional, physical, psychological and even career problems. Men and women wear Amethyst rings as it is said to have maximum effect when worn on the finger. The astrologer recommends on which finger the Amethyst ring should be worn. Even Reiki and Color Therapy propagate Amethyst because of its healing properties.

Amethyst rings can be set in either gold or silver, again as per the astrologer's recommendation. Since the gemstone has been associated with royalty it naturally has been steeped in legend. It is considered to have healing properties. It helps in curing drunkenness too! In some cultures, people believe, wearing rings studded with amethyst helps in curing insomnia, headaches and stabilizes mental problems. Those who ear rings made of amethyst are known to be gentle and warm. The owner feels healed with psychic energy feels happy and gives courage too.

You can get amethyst rings in various combinations with other gemstones. Combined with diamonds, opal and topaz or even with sapphire, it brings out a certain beauty and charm that needs to be seen to understand the impact of the combination. Set in 14 or 18 carat, it is studded with metals like white or yellow gold, silver and platinum. To avoid fakes, buy from reputed jewelry stores. One can browse for some lovely designs for rings online. Some people create their own custom made pieces keeping the price factor in mind. The best amethysts are sourced today from Africa and Russia. South America still produces the bulk of the market's requirement the world over. Queen Charlotte of England wore an amethyst neckpiece which has become valuable.

A little history about the actual rock itself; purple quartz it is the most valued rock stone to be found. It was discovered in the early 19th century in South America. It looks magnificent in purple, lavender, lilac and mauve hues. To identify the best quality amethyst, look for the deep purple which has rose-colored flashes. Because of its royal color it has been the rock worn by regents. It registers 7 when weighed on the Mohs scale for gems. Yes, it means it is quite durable. Amethysts appear as crystals which have six sides. It comes in the drusy form as crystalline crusts which cover the rock where they are found.

Now that you know a little more about this gorgeous gem, you can shop for amethyst rings with confidence and with the knowing that what you’re getting is more than just a ring but also a true and luxurious value.