Amethyst:
Belongs to the Quartz Family

Quartz comes in every color of the rainbow plus white and black. A clear quartz crystal, because of its many electrical attributes, is used in radio frequency control, computer chips and many other modern day scientific instruments and products. It picks up all known vibrations from the heavens and earth and is truly a wondrous earth crystal spirit.

It is safe to clean amethyst in the ultrasonic cleaner.


Purple has always been a color signifying royalty. Amethysts capture vividly the rich, dark, almost plumy depths of purple like no other gemstone. They were thought to have magical powers in antiquity. Luck and constancy came to those who wore amethysts.  Nubian queens in Egypt and Buddhists in Tibet shared a reverence for amethysts. Greek myth says the goddess Diana saved a young maiden named Amethyst from the wrath of Dionysus, the god of wine, by turning her into pure quartz. Diana's tears stained the stone purple.

The amethyst has over a 8,000 year history of usage in China.

Amethyst is a purple quartz crystal and is steeped in ancient lore, mysticism and age old magic. The stone’s availability and magical qualities made it the stone of preference for commoner and kings four thousand years ago and it traveled all over the globe as a form of trade exchange. It is still one of the most popular stones in the world and used in many different countries for common and uncommon purposes.

Legend has it that the amethyst originated from Bacchus, the god of wine. Bacchus became angry at the mortals and vowed that the next mortal to cross his path would be eaten by tigers. Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden, was on her way to worship the goddess, Diana. Diana turned her into colorless quartz to keep her from being eaten. Bacchus observed the miracle and repented his hasty decision, and poured wine over the young maiden, leaving her feet and legs colorless. This is the reason that amethyst crystals are usually uneven in color and have a colorless base at the bottom. They say the goddess of love and the god of wine, when entwined, will have light and dark evolvements.

Purple has long been considered a royal color so it is not surprising that amethyst has been so much in demand during history. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. Amethyst, transparent purple quartz, is the most important quartz variety used in jewelry.

Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence.

Because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, amethyst was very important in the ornamentation of Catholic and other churches in the Middle Ages. It was, in particular, considered to be the stone of bishops and they still often wear amethyst rings.

In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.

The Greek work "amethystos" basically can be translated as "not drunken." Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it! The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety.

The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from Greek myths. Dionysius, the god of intoxication, was angered one day by an insult from a mere mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a stature of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god's tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today.

Amethyst ranges in color from pale lilac to deep purple. The pale colors are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian jewelry. The deep colors are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes.

Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, as well as in Zambia, Namibia and other African countries.

Generally, amethyst from South America tends to be available in larger sizes than African amethyst but amethyst from Africa has the reputation for having better, more saturated, color in small sizes. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, is also mined in Australia.

Amethyst is available in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including many fancy shapes. Large fine stones may be sold in free sizes but generally amethyst is cut in standardized dimensions.