Amethyst is the name given to crystalline quartz in shades of purple. The name amethyst comes from the Greek word ‘amethystos’ which means “not intoxicate”; this gave rise to a common belief that wearing amethysts protected one from becoming too intoxicated. Crystals that are part amethyst and part citrine are called Ametrine.
WHERE ARE AMETHYSTS FOUND?
Amethysts are found all over the world; some of the most prized varieties come from Brazil, the United States, Russia and Sri Lanka.
AMETHYST: MEANING & ANCIENT LORE
Amethysts are considered one of the most powerful gemstones in terms of benefits, including:
- improving intellectual and cerebral thought
- promoting calm, balance, and peace
- enhancing physical vitality
- strengthening the immune system
- boosting productivity
- building personal wealth
- protecting against negative energy
CARE & CLEANING OF YOUR AMETHYST JEWELRY
Amethysts is rated a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This makes amethysts more susceptible to damage than rubies, sapphires and diamonds. While we always recommend professional cleaning, amethyst jewelry may be safely cleaned at home with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Click here for our step-by-step guide to cleaning jewelry at home.
SOURCE: GIA (The Gemological Institute of America was established in 1931 and protects the public through gemological research, education, impartial gem identification and grading services, and instrument development).