Amethyst Gemstone - The Purple February Birthstone

Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone from the quartz family. Amethysts are very popular gemstones because of their unique deep purple to violet colors. These graceful gems are the most famous purple gemstones, and they are also the most valuable quartz gemstone.

For a period of time amethysts were believed to have the same value as diamonds because of how rare and beautiful they are.

There are several varieties of amethysts classified according to their colors or the places where they are found, some varieties of amethyst include the

  • Lavender amethyst which is a very pale shade of purple amethyst.
  • Ametrine amethyst which is a partially yellow or orange and purple type of amethyst.
  • Green amethysts which are created by an artificial process of heating a specific type of amethyst.
  • Canadian or Red amethyst which as the name implies is found in Ontario Canada and has a coat of red hematite on its crystal surface.
  • Vera Cruz amethyst which is found in Mexico and usually grows to be tall and prismatic.

Amethysts have always been a prized gem, its deep purple color is coveted by royalty and amethyst gemstones have adorned the rings and jewelry of many notably influential figures like Saint Valentine. Gifting a loved one with amethyst jewelry is a wonderful way to show you value and respect them.

Before deciding if you want to get an amethyst gemstone gold jewelry piece, it is only natural that you would want to do some research on these beautiful purple gemstones, and we have some information on everything you need to know about amethyst gemstones outlined below to help you make that decision.


What is the origin of the name amethyst

The name “Amethyst” is derived from the Greek word “amethustos” meaning not drunken because this gemstone is believed to ward off drunkenness and prevent intoxication from alcohol. The name also originated from Greek mythology where the god of revelry Dionysius was drunk and attacked a young maiden called amethyst. Amethyste called on the goddess Diana for help upon which the goddess turned her into a clear shimmering stone. After Dionysus recognized his folly he wept into his glass of wine and spilled it against the stone which gave it its rich purple color.

In ancient times the amethyst gemstone was used to decorate wine goblets because they believed drinking from such goblets would prevent them from getting drunk. Amethyst jewelry is also associated with humility, chastity, and piety. Gifting a loved one with amethyst gemstone jewelry shows how much you care about their wellbeing.


What are the characteristics of amethyst?

Amethysts are classified a 7/10 on the Mohs scale, this means they are very tough, durable and will not scratch easily. Amethyst has a vitreous luster and no cleavage, these gemstones also sometimes have stripes or streaks of other colors in them. Amethyst jewelry is highly durable and will last for a considerable amount of time as long as it is well taken care of and not exposed to harsh lights for long periods of time.

Investing in amethyst jewelry for a loved one means you are getting value for your money because they last for a long time and retain their beauty.

What birthstone is Amethyst?

Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February. Gifting someone you care about who is born in February with a piece of amethyst jewelry is a great way to show you care about them as wearing jewelry with your birthstone is thought to bring good fortune, wealth and prosperity.

Does amethyst jewelry possess healing powers?

Wearing amethyst gemstone jewelry is believed to aid in healing stomach problems and diseases associated with the lungs. Wearing amethyst jewelry earrings or circlets and other head jewelry is believed to cure headaches, help aid in the thinking process, help those who have trouble with their memory and also help those who suffer from anxiety.

Amethyst jewelry worn to sleep or placed under a pillow is supposed to help deal with night terrors and help cure insomnia. Amethysts gemstone jewelry is also believed to lift ones spirit and help relieve stress. Amethyst jewelry helps those with dependency on chemical substances to overcome their habits. Amethyst gemstone jewelry is a beautiful gift for people who are overcoming substance abuse as it helps strengthen the resolve of such individuals and gives them inner strength.

What does amethyst gemstone represent?

Amethyst gemstone jewelry represents royalty and wealth as amethyst gemstones can be found in the crown jewels of Britain and other royal jewelry.

 Amethyst also represents humility, modesty, chastity sobriety and control of one's thoughts. Amethysts are worn by businessmen to help them make good decisions and worn to courtrooms to ensure a fair and peaceful court case.

Placing amethyst gemstones around the workplace and gifting amethyst jewelry to people who work in a hectic environment is a great way to help them relieve stress and help them make good decisions. Amethysts are also used to represent 6th anniversaries and make a great gift to celebrate such occasions, these gemstones are often exchanged between lovers to strengthen their bond and commitment with one another.


Is amethyst rare?

Amethyst was considered among the most valuable and rare gemstones along with rubies and emeralds for as long as the 18th century. The value and rarity of amethysts are not dependent on the carats like other gemstones rather an amethysts rareness is based on the depth of its color. Since large deposits have been discovered around the world, amethysts are considered to be not as rare as they used to be.

What is the rarest amethyst?

The rarest amethysts in the world have the deepest colors and look best in natural light. The rarest amethyst is the deep Russian amethyst, it is extremely rare, valuable and precious because the mines in Russia where they are gotten from have been stripped of all amethysts there. It is called the deep Russian amethyst because of the rich deep color of the gemstone.

Is amethyst and purple sapphire gemstone the same?

Purple sapphires are very close in color to amethysts but they are not the same. Sapphires have a brighter brilliance than amethysts and are also much harder. They are rated a 9/10 on the Mohs scale and are much rarer than the amethyst. A piece of amethyst gemstone jewelry is however still a brilliantly beautiful, rare and durable gemstone and could be a great substitute for purple sapphires. If you have always wanted sapphire jewelry but do not have the means to get one you can get stunning amethyst jewelry as a substitute.

How are amethyst formed, mined and where are amethyst gems found?

Amethyst is formed inside of the cavities of something called geodes. Geodes are rocks that look plain and resemble any other rock on the outside but are hollow on the inside and when they are opened, they contain beautiful crystals. Amethysts are mined by excavating the amethyst geodes with heavy machinery and then the geodes are carefully cracked open with a pick. Amethysts are found around the world in countries like Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, Zambia, Russia etc


What zodiac stone is the amethyst?

Amethysts are the zodiac stone for Pisces (the fish) those born between the months of February 19- March 20 fall under the constellation of Pisces and are artistic, wise and gentle. Pisces can also be over trusting and they love the colors purple and violet, so gifting that special Pisces in your life a beautiful amethyst gemstone piece of jewelry would make a cherished gift.


Where can I find amethyst gemstone gold jewelry

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Amethysts are truly magnificent and beautiful gemstones fit for royalty. These gemstones have been greatly valued for centuries and they are rare and unique. It is little wonder that so many people covet Amethyst jewelry pieces with notable amethyst gemstones gracing the crown of Britain and on display in various museums around the world. To get your very own piece of this stunning gemstone simply follow this link and choose from our wide selection of amethyst gold jewelry.