Amethyst
  • Mineral: Quartz       

  • Main Source of Origin: Brazil, Uruguay

  • Mohs Hardness: 7.0

  • Birthstone: February   

Did you know that Amethystos means “not drunk” in Ancient Greek? The Ancient Greeks believed that having an amethyst in one’s mouth or worn could prevent drunkenness. From clear lavender to deep purple, Amethyst comes in colors like mauve, indigo, and violet that evokes soothing qualities which are believed to purify and heal the soul. Also found in Japan, Amethyst is a quartz commonly found in daily objects, such as watches or cameras. Under mechanical stress, quartz acts as an oscillator that helps maintain a precise frequency required to regulate the movement of a watch, making the timepieces very accurate.

 

Apart from Japan, Egypt also regards purple as the color of elegance and high status. In other parts of the world, amethyst is a widely popular gem in the making of high fashion accessories. This is evident in archaeological findings suggestive of amethyst accessories dated almost 25,000 years ago. There had also been a myth on Amethyst dating from the Renaissance created by French poet, Remy Belleau (1576): Amethyst was a maiden who was on her way to worship at The Temple of Diana. Unfortunately, she crossed paths with Bacchus (God of Wine) who was angry and vowed to

vent his anger on the next person he met. To spare her such a terrible fate, the Goddess Diana turned her into a pure, clear stone. Seized with remorse, Bacchus poured wine over the stone, staining the crystal in a deep, violet hue. Thus, the maiden Amethyst lent her name to the crystal.

Other information:

  • Zodiac birthstone of Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

  • Stone for sixth anniversary