Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the ancient Greek ἀ a- ("not") and μέθυστος methustos ("intoxicated"), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels decorated with it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. It is one of several forms of quartz.
Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and is the traditional birthstone for February. It is the purple variety of the mineral Quartz, and its color can range from a light lilac to a deep, rich purple. The most valuable and sought-after amethysts are those that are a deep, rich purple color with red flashes.
Amethyst is said to have healing properties and is often used for spiritual and emotional healing. It is said to be a powerful and protective stone that can help to calm the mind and enhance intuition. Amethyst is also believed to help with emotional balance and stability, making it a popular choice for those who are going through difficult times.
Amethyst is a popular choice for jewelry, and can be found in a variety of styles and settings, from simple and elegant to bold and statement-making. It is often set in silver or white gold to enhance its natural color, but can also be set in yellow gold or rose gold to create a different look. Amethyst can also be found in combination with other gemstones in jewelry such as Pearl, Peridot, Citrine, and Topaz.