Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewellery. The name comes from the Ancient Greek ("not intoxicated"), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness; the ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. Amethyst is composed of an irregular superposition of alternate lamellae of right-handed and left-handed quartz. It has been shown that this structure may be due to mechanical stresses.
Because it has a hardness of seven on the Mohs scale, amethyst is suitable for use in jewellery. Amethyst occurs in primary hues from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue. The ideal grade is called "Deep Siberian" and has a primary purple hue of around 75-80%, 15-20% blue and (depending on the light source) red secondary hues. Green quartz is sometimes called green amethyst. Other names for green quartz are prasiolite, vermarine or lime citrine.
AMETHYST - associated with increased nobility, spiritual awareness, meditation, balance, psychic abilities, inner peace, healing and positive transformation. This stone brings an understanding of death and rebirth and relieves stress. Amethyst is a teacher of all things spiritual, mystic and psychic. This stone is very healing of body, mind and soul. Amethyst - one of the most popular metaphysical stones. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst has the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence. Amethyst is a great stone to use if you are trying to increase your psychic abilities and enhance your intuition. Amethyst has been a symbol of peace, purity and unification and can aid in bringing serenity and calmness. Use amethyst to treat insomnia and promote peaceful and healing sleep. It is also commonly used to relieve headaches, sugar imbalances and general edginess, bringing an overall sense of spiritual balance.
February modern birthstone: amethyst
February ancient traditional birthstones for Hebrew: amethyst, Roman: amethyst, Arabic: amethyst, Polish: amethyst
Zodiac gemstone for Pisces: amethyst
Guardian Angel: Adnachiel and his talisman stone: amethyst
Amethyst - the stone for Episcopal rings for bishops and archbishops worn by bishops of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and other denominations.