Has been a prized gem for centuries, the name comes from the ancient Greek word amethustos meaning sober as it is said the stone cures drunkenness by making a person sober when worn. It is found in countries such as Brazil, Russia and Madagascar. It occurs in igneous and metamorphic rocks especially granite, the appearance of amethyst differs from each area and experts can tell where each one is from by its appearance. Historically amethyst was exchanged between lovers to strengthen their commitment. In the Chinese Feng Shui it is said it enhances ones powers and brings richness to the owners. Today however it is used for natural healing cleansing both physical and psychologically.
It is included in many royal collection all around the world from ancient Egypt to the British crown jewels. Amethyst adds elegance to any piece of jewellery and versatile in variety of colours as it boasts colours of royalty, all shades of purple, lilac and mauve, it is available in different sizes and the darker the shade the more expensive it is.
Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and 6th wedding anniversary.
Amethyst is a durable gemstone however it will need care and attention to keep it looking its best, it should be stored in a soft pouch or jewellery box to prevent scratching. Soap and liquid cleaners should be avoided as these may cause the dulling of the stone. Harsh detergents or chemicals such as bleach or chlorine could cause erosion. To clean amethyst rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a soft jewellery cloth.