Where does amethyst come from?
Major sources of amethyst include Africa and South America.

amethystwebOrigins and Legends
Amethyst comes from the Greek word meaning “not to intoxicate,” which lead many people to believe that drinking wine from an amethyst goblet would prevent drunkenness. It was thought that it would protect soldieries, ensure victory, aid hunters, protect against diseases, control evil thoughts and quicken one’s intelligence. It is considered to be a surface cure for headaches and toothaches and used to increase spirituality.

Characteristics
The most popular variety of the mineral quartz is that of the amethyst. It is durable and affordable which helps make it the most popular. Amethyst is sometimes heat treated, much like other stones even diamonds, to bring out the great purple color that most people recognize as amethyst.

How to take care of amethyst
Even though amethyst is durable and affordable, it is always advisable to remove your amethyst jewelry before doing anything that may scratch the stone. In general, washing dishes in soapy water will not harm your stone and neither will bathing with them on. Such activities however will require your stone jewelry to be cleaned and polished by jewelry professionals to keep its clear purple color.

Why do people choose amethyst?
As a colored stone consumer you’re not limited to traditions. Amethyst is the symbolic birthstone for February and is the traditional gift for people who are celebrating their sixth anniversary. The feelings of passion and hope are held within the amethyst.

Properties
Usually safe in ultrasonics and the steamer is risky. Amethysts can change colors when exposed to heat, be careful. Reacts with hydrofluoric acid and ammonium fluoride.

Moh’s Hardness Scale: 7
Specific Gravity: 2.66
Species: Quartz