Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz. This wonderful gemstone is a favorite of mine, as it occurs in wide ranges of deep purple, lilac, lavender and mauve hues. Amethyst is the birthstone of February, which makes it my personal birthstone. A piece of amethyst jewellery will make a lovely gift for a special occasion such as a birthday celebration as well as a  wedding anniversary. As the amethyst has been a highly loved and valued gemstone through centuries, it is has a significant amount of history, legends and spirituality connected to it. Read on if you want to know more! ♡ Shiri.

Amethyst is the birthstone of February and represents the zodiac Pisces. A piece of jewellery with the receiver’s birthstone will make a wonderful personal present. Amethyst is also an appropriate gift for certain wedding anniversaries.

The amethyst gemstone is gifted on the 6th wedding anniversary. The wedding anniversary gemstone can be a way to cherish your loved one.

Amethyst is said to be a gemstone that will make the wearer gentle and amiable. Other spiritual qualities of amethyst include: dreams, peace, love, courage, protection and spiritual upliftment. Amethyst is believed to be able to purify the aura and inspire an enhanced meditative state.

The darkest and richest shades of the amethyst have been treasured by royalty for centuries. The gemstone can be traced back all the way to the Minoan period in Greece 2500 B.C. Amethyst has been also been used as an aid to the brave, as soldiers wore the gemstone in battle, as they believed it would offer them protection and lead them to victory. Throughout history, it was believed that amethyst had healing powers and could be used to cure insomnia, headaches and hearing disorders. The purple gemstone was also said to be helpful in overcoming addiction and was used as a guard against drunkenness.

The amethyst name descends from the Greek word “ametusthos”, meaning “not drunk”. According to the ancient legend, the amethyst was created when Bacchus, God of Wine, grew angry at the mortals and vowed that the next mortal to cross his path would be eaten by tigers. He was met by a beautiful young maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship the Goddess Diana. As Diana knew about the vow of Bacchus, she turned Amethyst into a pillar of clear, colourless quartz in order to save her from the tigers. Witnessing the miracle, Bacchus regret his cruelty and poured wine over Amethyst, leaving her stained with a beautiful purple colour.

Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz. The purple colour occurs when manganese is present within the clear quartz, while the depth of this colour is determined by the amount of iron present. The gemstone can occur as hexagonal crystals and can form a drusy, which are crystalline crusts covering the host rock. The gemstone can be found in a wide range of purple hues. The main sources of amethyst are found in Brazil and Zambia, but can also be found in Russia, Uruguay, Mexico, Sri Lanka and the USA. Like other gemstones originating from quartz, the hardness of the amethyst is categorized at 7 according to the Mohs scale of hardness. One of the largest cut amethysts in the world is 343 carats. It can be found in The National History Museum in London.

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