I must confess, when I first heard of the word amethyst, I marveled if it's some kind of drug to put relentless insomniacs to sleep! Well, this must not, in any way, outline my cognizance, or should I say incognizance, of gemstones. After all, I've been conscientiously given the opportunity to aid my inquisitive readers on how to tell if an amethyst is real or fake. That said, let's start with the meaning of amethyst.
What is Real Amethyst?
If your choice of color is purple, this gemstone is meant for you. Amethyst is nothing but a violet variety of natural quartz, having derived its name from the Greek language and meaning not drunken. It is also the birthstone for people born in February. For the reason that this gemstone boasts upon its wine-like tint, it is conceived to thwart away the effects of alcohol, a hangover to be precise. Amethyst is an exquisitely beautiful precious stone, and even when compared with pricey gems like diamond, emerald, topaz, etc., the brilliance of this stone triumphs.
The color of amethyst is not restrained to shades of purple. When heated, it is known to create shades of green and yellow too. Various colors of this gemstone are acknowledged as being terrific healers, thus making it looked upon as a soothing jewelry. Wearing it in the form of earrings, finger rings, or even necklaces fosters virtues such as calmness, peace, and patience in life.
This stone is also recommended by healers to shove away financial troubles, and invite success and prosperity. Most importantly, amethyst is a promising gemstone in combating tear-jerking addictions, such as alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc., and bringing about satiation and happiness to whoever wears it.
Real or Fake: How to Judge?
The abilities of this beautiful gemstone are undeniable. When it was discovered, it was as precious a gemstone as diamond and sapphire were. However, when heaps of amethyst were found in Brazil, it almost lost all of its value. All things considered, in jewelry, a real amethyst is the one that has the deepest and the most profound variations, and is absolutely transparent and lustrous.
However, there isn't much of a risk if you end up buying a fake amethyst, as it is not extraordinarily rare and expensive. Still, to tell if an amethyst is real or fake, you need to check whether the gem in your hand is actually a glass piece or real stone. While glass easily gets scarred on scratching, real amethyst is harder and will not scratch as easily.
Secondly, a fake amethyst can be recognized with its clarity and price. Real amethysts are deep rich purple and immaculate. On the other hand, price of a usual amethyst stone is somewhere around USD 20. If the vendor is selling a stone for extremely less, you have a reason to suspect that the gemstone is nothing but fake.
Thirdly, a fake amethyst will have no color schemes or zoning. It will be absolutely purple in shade, with no different hues. On the other hand, a real one will either be a combination of purple-white or purple-blue.
Lastly, a synthetic or lab-created amethyst is 100 per cent crystal clear, and does not include any impurities at all. Well, astonishing as it may sound, real amethyst does contain a few impurities, but that's what makes it real!
I think it's pretty easy to tell if an amethyst is real, isn't it? If you're contemplating on buying your wife an amethyst jewelry set, I'd rather suggest that you go for real gemstones and birthstones. It will be an aesy task now that you know how to identify a real amethyst.