Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and owes its violet color from exposure to radiation, impurities of iron along with other trace metals and elements. Amethyst occurs in primary hues from a light lavender or pale violet, to a deep purple. In ancient times, Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication. The Greek word “amethystos” is translated as “not drunken” and was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness. Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep their composure.
Amethyst can be found in many localities around the world including Africa, Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Russia, Afghanistan, South Korea, Mexico, and the United States.
The hardness of amethyst is the same as quartz, thus making it suitable for use in jewelry, along with carvings and beads.
Amethyst is known as the stone of serenity, understanding, trust and grace. Associated with the crown chakra, Amethyst can help connect with the spiritual realm and bridge the gap for those seeking spiritual guidance, healing, protection or wisdom.