Amethyst: Purple Reign

Posted by on Feb 3, 2010 in Gems | No Comments


Not just February’s birthstone, amethyst today is an essential part of your jewelry wardrobe. That’s because this lovely purple quartz looks great with both warm and cool colors. You can set it in white, rose or yellow gold, sterling silver or any combination of those metals that you like to wear. And amethyst is available and pretty affordable in large sizes so it’s a good choice for a bold fashion ring.

Amethyst has a long been treasured for its regal purple color. Because of this gem’s peaceful aura, Tibetan Buddhists use amethyst rosaries to enhance the tranquility of meditation.

The name amethyst comes from the Greek “amethystos,” which means “not drunken.” People once believed that amethyst could keep you sober, even serving wine in amethyst goblets at banquets. (Maybe the purple tone of the glasses allowed them to water down the wine without being detected!) Even today, amethyst’s role as a symbol of sobriety makes this gem a perfect “one day at a time” reminder.

Today, most amethyst is mined in Brazil. When buying amethyst, look for a medium purple tone. Pale almost pink amethyst, sometimes called “Rose de France,” will be less expensive than stronger tones. Well-cut faceted amethyst should sparkle with brilliance evenly across the stone, with no washed out or dark areas that don’t change when you rock the stone back and forth.

Amethyst is durable and great for everyday wear. Clean with mild dish soap and use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect. Avoid exposure to high heat, which may cause its purple color to fade.

Gemvara’s gem library has more amethyst information and Gemvara has a great selection of amethyst jewelry too.


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