Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red. While it is generally believed that the deeper the color, the finer the stone, Amethyst can be found in all shades of purple and it is really a matter of preference as to which shade you prefer.
Amethyst is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god, and is the traditional birthstone of that month. It is the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love, and signifies ecclesiastical dignity as the Bishop’s Stone.
Amethyst is a remarkable stone of spirituality and contentment, known for its metaphysical abilities to still the mind and inspire an enhanced meditative state. It initiates wisdom and greater understanding, and is a stone of comfort for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Called the “All-healer,” Amethyst is one of the most effective crystals for healing people, plants and animals. Amethyst is a gemstone often worn by healers, as it has the power to focus energy. Because Amethyst initiates wisdom and greater understanding, it is a comforting crystal for those grieving the loss of a loved one. The word Amethyst comes from the Greek meaning “without drunkenness” and is believed to help protect from alcoholic tendencies.
Amethyst is the stone of St. Valentine and of faithful lovers because St. Valentine was thought to have worn an Amethyst ring engraved with the image of Cupid. It is also referred to as the “couple’s stone” and gives meaning to relationships that over time gives way to deeper connection and a more soulful communion. Wear as an engagement or eternity ring for fidelity, or as a locket to call back lost love.
Some amethyst stones can pale in daylight. The fact that these stones can lose their color means you should be careful wearing your Amethyst jewelry in bright sunlight, as it can fade over time. Sudden changes of temperature can also be harmful to the stone.
Historically, the finest amethyst was found in Russia and was featured in much royal European jewelry. Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found in almost every corner of the world. There is a particularly nice deposit just outside Phoenix, Arizona called the Four Peaks Amethyst Mine that features beautiful, deep purple stones.
Etania Gems & Jewelry features Amethyst items in various forms from beautiful faceted stones in our pendants and earrings, to geodes and beads featured in some gorgeous necklaces. Please check the website for some beautiful Amethyst items!