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How and where are amethysts mined?
September 24, 2008 1:08AM
Amethyst is found the world over, and is found in pegmatites and geodes.
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How is Amethyst mined?
Amethysts are typically mined in drift mines. In this form of mining a mine shaft is dug down to the gemstone bearing rock (in the case of amethysts, they are usually found embedded in granite) and then gemstones are then dug out of the mountain by hand. Large amethyst deposits have been found in Brazil and Uraguay and these are the major source for most amethysts on the market today.
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Where can you dig for Amethyst?
Almost all the African countries are famous for producing best quality gems. However, the top quality amethyst mines are located in Zambia. Brazil and Argentina in South America are the other places which have several amethyst mines, but the gem color is lighter. Historically many of the best amethysts come from Russia, hence even today the top quality amethysts are called "Siberean" amethysts. The other minor places where amethysts are mined include India, Canada, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
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What are amethyst used for?
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What are amethysts used for?
What are the healing qualities ascribed to an Amethyst crystal?
Amethysts are commonly recommended for peace, higher vibrations and calmer thinking. Amethysts have a sobering effect, thereby helping with sobriety. Since the amethyst calms the mind, it can help enhance your memory. Amethysts have also been known to boost hormone production, relieve insomnia, strengthen the immune system, cleanse the blood, and help with digestion. Amethysts can relieve headaches and tension, and reduce bruising and swelling. Amethysts are also considered the perfect stones for the Piscean sun sign.