Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and is a semi-precious stone. According to Wikipedia, the name comes from the ancient Greek a- ("not") and methustos ("intoxicated"), which is a reference to the ancient Greek belief that it was an antidote to drunkenness.
|source: American Gem Society|
Shades of amethyst range from pinky-violet to deep purple, and intensity within one crystal of amethyst quartz can vary greatly. However, the stones are most often cut so the finished gem will have a homogenous color, rather than for size, which would most likely include striations of color, which lie in a striped pattern parallel to the face of the crystal.
Amethysts can lose their color if overexposed to light sources such as sunlight or black light (so they should be protected when worn outside or in a discotheque). Amethysts can also be artificially darkened using radium radiation.
The most prized amethyst gems have no blemishes or inclusions within the stone, and are a medium to deep purple with flashes of red.
I used several purples on my eyes ranging from light lavender to deep violet to create my amethyst look.
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in Orchid on the inner corner
Sephora Moonshadow Trio in Dusk Till Dawn -- lightest color on inner third of the lid
Darling Girl Cosmetics loose eyeshadows in Fra-gee-lay on the middle of the lid
Sushi Flower Diamond Dust on the lower lashline
|from left: Fra-gee-lay, Sushi Flower|
BFTE loose eyeshadow in Grape on the outer third of the lid
NARS eyeshadow single (I don't know the name becaue I depotted it looooong ago -- it might be Daphne)
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eyeshadow in Amethyst in the crease
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Limit to blend out the crease
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Strange under the brow
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Ransom on the lower waterline
Milani Liquid Eye eyeliner pencil in Perfect Purple on the upper lashes
NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Purple on the upper lashes
|from left: Urban Decay eyeliner in Ransom, Milani eyeliner in Perfect Purple, NYX liquid eyeliner in Extreme Purple|
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
Cheeks: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Milk Chocolate to contour
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Wet 'n' Wild Fergie To Reflect Shimmer Palette in Rose Champagne Glow
|from left: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Milk Chocolate, Tarte blush in Exposed, Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Shimmer palette in Rose Champagne Glow|
Lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in N1
Rimmel Stay Glossy lipgloss in Non Stop Glamour (I think -- there is no name on it)
|from left: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N1, Rimmel Stay Glossy lipgloss in Non Stop Glamour|
I have a set of amethysts that I wear frequently (it's not my birthstone, I just find amethysts really beautiful).
This ring belonged to my mother, and I "borrowed" it from her as a teenager. I wore it ALL the time, so she decided it should just be mine.
These earrings were my grandmother's, and she gifted them to me for my birthday one year to match the ring.
My pendant was a high school graduation gift from my parents to match the ring and earrings.
In all of the above pics the purples photographed really blue, so I attempted to tone them (which I don't normally do) to make the colors a little more true to life. The below picture was taken in indoor light and actually reflects the violet colors of the shadows better. I didn't think to try indoor light until the end of the day, which is why the shadows are slightly faded.
Thank you for checking out my amethyst look of the day!