Amethyst is known as the royal gemstone and is the purple and highly coveted variety of the mineral quartz.
With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, amethyst is perfect for use in jewellery.
The name amethyst comes from the ancient Greek word, amethystos, which literally means “not intoxicating”, based on the ancient belief that the stone could prevent intoxication.
The birthstone for February is said to relieve stress and stimulate stability and courage. In various cultures, the stone is also associated with spiritual growth and promoting a deeper connection with oneself.
The colour can vary from light lilac to deep purple, and cut stones are almost always free of inclusions.
Most amethyst comes from mines in South America and Africa such as Brazil and Zambia.
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