Amethyst, a type of quartz, has been one of the the most prized quartz varieties for centuries –and for good reason! The finest quality amethysts are considered to be a strongly saturated reddish purple color and medium-dark in tone. Stones of this quality have been used in religious jewelry and royal crowns for ages. Amethyst are also found in lighter lilac or green shades which are perfect for those looking for a more subtly colored stone. The ancient Greeks believed that amethysts possessed magical or medicinal powers. Interestingly enough, the word “amethyst” derives from the Greek 'amethystos', which means “a remedy against drunkenness". I’ll let you test that theory out yourself.... Thankfully, due to an amethyst deposit discovered in Brazil in the nineteenth century, the once scarce gemstone became plentiful. This has allowed it to become much more available and affordable. Many associate this purple gemstone with the month of February! Not only is amethyst the February birthstone, it is also the gemstone that has been traditionally given on the 6th wedding anniversary. Amethyst also makes a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift, as its purple body color conveys a sense of romance and allure.
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