Amethyst is the quintessential purple gem that almost everyone is familiar with.
The word ‘amethystos’ means ‘not drunk’ in ancient Greek and wearing Amethyst was believed to prevent intoxication. Strange for a gem that’s the color of a grape…!
Amethyst is a member of the Quartz family which also includes Citrine and Rock Crystal. Given its abundance, Quartz has been used in jewelry for thousands of years. From Agate talismans, to Rock Crystal carvings to Amethyst rings – it has been a popular choice.
The color of Amethyst can range from a pale pinkish-purple to a deep intense ‘royal’ purple, sometimes with red flash.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and celebrates the 6th and 17th anniversaries.
We have more shapes and sizes available in Amethyst – please contact us if you don’t find what you are looking for in our online inventory.
Here is a link to the GIA’s Buyer’s Guide on Amethyst:
RI = 1.544 and 1.553 DR
SG = 2.66 (+/-0.01)
Dispersion = 0.013
Hardness = 7
suitable for use in jewelry
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