Amethyst, a variety of quartz, occurs in a primary hue of purples, from a soft violet to a regal purple. Red and blue may occur as secondary hues. The most treasured amethyst is called Deep Siberian, which is a unique combination of these three hues.
These breathtaking purple hues are created by iron impurities. Amethyst is mined all over the world and its largest producer is Brazil. Amethyst is also mined in Russia and various states right here in the U.S.
Amethyst has always been associated with reason. Ancient Greeks and Romans lined their glasses with amethyst before pouring in wine, believing that the amethyst protected the drinker from intoxication.
Amethysts were used not only to protect from alcohol intoxication, but mystical intoxication as well. Cardinals and bishops wore amethyst rings and amethyst necklaces, believing jewelry protected them from losing their reason if enveloped in the Holy Spirit.
Believed to have powers to help keep the wearer reasonable, and for its regal beauty, amethyst has been coveted for centuries. Stop in our store to see this magnificent stone, and our wide array of amethyst jewelry, for yourself.