If you are considering a non-diamond ring for your engagement and wedding, an amethyst ring is certainly an option worth considering. This lovely gemstone comes in pleasant shades of violet and lilac, and is known as the ‘stone of the Gods’. While in no way it’s less beautiful than a diamond, it’s available at a fraction of the price. Here are a few tips to help you out to buy a stunning amethyst wedding ring.
1. Colors of Amethyst
Amethyst has iron and aluminum impurities due to which it gets its characteristic royal violet color. Without these impurities, amethyst would look transparent and colorless. The colors range from deep reddish purple to violet to very light purple. Often darker shades of purple are preferred while making amethyst rings and other jewelry but they shouldn’t even be so dark that they could look black when held in light.
Amethysts in wedding rings are typically cut in the shapes of round and oval so as to highlight the various hues of its exclusive color. If the color distribution in the stone is good, the stone is cut in the shapes like trillions, hearts and shields. Amethyst gold and silver rings are available also in several calibrated sizes and other elegant shapes and intricate carvings.
3. Hardness and Clarity
Amethyst is a macro crystalline stone in the quartz family. Most of the amethysts available in the market will be eye-clean i.e. they won’t have any noticeable inclusions. Just like other forms of quartz, amethyst has a clarity ranging from transparent to translucent.
Amethyst has glassy luster. It has a hardness of 7 on the Moh’s scale of mineral hardness and therefore, is hard to break. This is the reason, why amethyst is largely used in making jewelry.
As amethyst is tough enough, it can be cut into several shapes. It can be give a customized shape or can be machine-cut and mass-produced. The standard cuts include pears, oval, cushions, rounds, triangles and marquises. Even it can be cut into special shapes for the facet pattern like step cuts, brilliant cuts and a mix of both.
5. Taking Care of Your Amethyst Wedding Ring
Since amethyst is quite hard, it won’t easily crack or break. But still it’s softer than diamond and sapphire. So, you’ll have to take extra care of your amethyst wedding ring.
- Never let it bump or scratch against a rough surface.
- Amethyst can easily get scratched. It’s a good idea to store each piece of amethyst jewelry in separate boxes rather than with other pieces of jewelry.
- Also, amethyst is greatly affected by heat. Avoid wearing your amethyst wedding ring on hot days and while working near flame.
So, have you started looking for an amazing amethyst wedding ring?