Ah, the amazing amethyst—a truly brilliant gem! The striking purple color is easily recognized and loved by most. Amethyst is the official birthstone for February and it is also the birthstone for the Zodiac sign of Pisces.
Throughout history, this gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, and religions.The ancient Greeks and Romans believed this purple beauty was able to ward off intoxication as well as keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. (Hmm, know anyone today that might benefit from wearing an amethyst?) In fact, the word amethyst is derived from the ancient Greek words a-,which means "not", and méthystos, which means "intoxicated"!
In the Middle Ages, the amethyst was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia. And rumor has it that the purple stone was a personal favorite of Queen Catherine the Great of Russia.
Today amethyst is used to symbolize deep love, happiness, humility, sincerity and wealth. It also symbolizes freedom and is still associated with royalty!
Amethyst is purple quartz, varying in hues from a light pinkish violet to a deep gorgeous purple. In it's raw form, the color is often unevenly distributed and is most intense at the tips of the crystals. While most commonly found in Brazil, amethyst can really be found around the world due to their ubiquitous nature!
Here are a few of our favorite amethyst jewels:
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