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Amethyst

Overview

Amethyst is crystalline quartz in colors ranging from pale lilac to deep reddish purple. With a relatively high hardness of 7, the February birthstone is a fine facetable jewelry gem for all purposes. Lower grades of material can be cabbed, carved, and made into a great variety of beads and other ornamental objects.

Today’s major sources are Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Zambia. Brazil can produce stones of large size but generally moderate color. They often show uneven color, despite the best efforts of cutters to minimize it. Many gem enthusiasts prefer the usually smaller but more richly colored stones from Zambia as well as, more recently, Uruguay.

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Amethyst Etymology

Middle English: via Old French from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethustos ‘not drunken’ (because the stone was believed to prevent intoxication).

Metaphysical

Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer, it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety.

It guards against psychic attack, transmuting the energy into love and protecting the wearer from all types of harm, including geopathic or electromagnetic stress and ill wishes from others.

Amethyst Origin

Brazil as geodes within volcanic rocks, Uruguay, South Korea, Russia, United States, and South India

Amethyst Products

Variety Of
quartz mineral

Hardness
7

Colour
Purple

Luster
Vitreous
(like glass in appearance or physical properties)

Birthstone month
February

Birthstone zodiac sign
Aquarius

Chakra
Third Eye Chakra, Crown Chakra