Amethyst is transparent purple quartz. It is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia & Argentina as well as Zambia, Namibia and other African countries.
Purple has long been considered a royal colour so it is not surprising that amethyst has been so much in demand throughout history. Fine amethysts are found in the British Crown Jewels & were also a favourite of Catherine the Great.
Amethyst ranges in colour from pale lilac to deep- purple. The pale colours are sometimes called ‘’Rose de France’’ and can be seen in Victorian jewellery .
The Greek word ‘amethystos’ translates to ‘not drunken’. Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkeness which is why wine goblets were often carved from it! The gemstone still symbolises sobriety.
Amethyst is the gemstone for February & Pisces