Amethyst is a beautiful stone that is often remembered for its vivid purple color. The birthstone for those born in February, amethysts can be found in every part of the world. Its name is derived from the ancient Greek term “methustos”, meaning intoxicated. Amethysts are not only the birthstone for those born in February but it is also presented as a gift in celebration of 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
Amethyst is a derivative of quartz, which is an abundant material in the Earth’s crust. Its deep purple hue is a result of irradiation and the presence of iron impurities and other trace minerals. Amethyst is listed as 7 on the Moh’s scale of Hardness, which is what makes it a durable option in jewelry design.
Even though purple is its most recognized and prized color, this lovely gemstone can also be sought in deep purple and pinkish violet. Sometimes amethysts can display layers of color variations.
Amethyst forms in the cavities or geodes of granitic rocks. It can be sourced all over the world but some of the largest deposits of amethyst are found in Zambia, Brazil, Canada and the United States.
In the ancient Greek and Roman times, wearing an amethyst was thought to protect the person from drunkenness or intoxication. It helped to keep the wearer’s mind quick-witted and clear-headed.
In the Middle Ages, the English Regalia were often decorated using amethysts as this symbolizes royalty
According to historical accounts, Saint Valentine wore an amethyst ring with cupid’s image engraved within.
In the Old Testament, amethyst represented one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Many members of the upper clergy wore amethysts as they thought it represented Christ.
Wearing an amethyst bestows qualities such as courage, stability, strength and peace in the wearer. It also rids evil thoughts and promotes quick intelligence.