Amethyst is a member of the quartz group, all forms of quartz are piezoelectric. When rubbed an electrical charge is created which turns the stone into a magnet that attracts lightweight objects. Quartz is the most common mineral in the world and is also the most varied in terms of varieties, colours and forms.
Green amethyst is steadily becoming more popular and is formed when purple amethyst is heated with iron, this method can also be used to produce the yellow gemstone citrine. Although very rare, green amethyst can occur naturally and is found near hot springs and is mostly mined in Brazil, Arizona and the USA.
Green amethysts gemological name “prasiolite” is derived from the Greek words “prason” meaning leek (due to its colour similarities with this vegetable) and “lithos” meaning stone.
Unlike purple amethysts, whose colour can fade with prolonged exposure to sunlight, the mint green colouring of this lovely gemstone is very stable and its beauty will not diminish. Made popular by its delicate colour, green amethyst is perfect for everyday wear and lends itself to a wide variety of cuts and styles. This gem is especially suited to larger styles which show its beautiful colour to its best advantage. Although relatively inexpensive it is still quite rare making it a collector's gemstone.
The Mohs’ scale measures a gems relative hardness on a scale of 1 to 10 based on the stones “scratchability”. Diamond is the hardest at 10, sapphire and rubies measure 9, with pearl at around 3 ½ and amber at 2 ½.Green amethyst is relatively hard measuring 7 on the Mohs’ scale.
Care and Cleaning:
Green amethyst is very hardwearing making it easy to care for. To keep your jewellery looking its best it can be cleaned using an ultra sonic cleaner found in jewellery stores or simply washed with warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush. As with any fine jewellery it should be removed when doing any heavy work to protect the stone from damage.
Legend and Lore:
Being a relatively new gemstone there are not many myths associated with it although crystal healers believe that the green amethyst can be used to bridge the gap between the physical and spiritual aspects of life by strengthening the mind, emotions and will.