Birthstone: February 
Moh hardness: 7 (1 softest to 10 hardest)

 

The purple variety of the quartz family can range from deep purple to pale lilacs, lavender and mauve.  It is said to guard against drunkenness and apparently helps the wearer to overcome their addictions.  It is said to cure hearing problems, insomnia, headaches and can stabilise mental disorders.  It is also said to make the wearer more amiable.

 

The Greeks loved amethysts for its colour, which they associated with Bacchus, their god of wine.  The gemstone is prophesised to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted in battle and in their business affairs.

 

Fine amethysts have been set in religious jewellery and royal crowns for hundreds of years.  It was once considered equal in value to ruby, emerald and sapphire.

 

Today Brazil is the world’s most prolific amethyst supplier.  Russian material has always been considered the best, because it develops a reddish colour in artificial light.

 

Amethyst has a good hardness and toughness but it can be damaged by some jewellery cleaning solutions and ultrasonic cleaning may enhance any existing fractures in the stone.  Therefore, it is safest to clean the gemstone only using warm soapy water and soft toothbrush.

 

Here are just a few amethyst pieces we have in stock...