The Greek name “amethyein” refers to the gemstone’s detoxifying effect, which is said to prevent drunkenness. According to Greek myth, Amethyst is also said to protect the owner from false friends. It guards against threats and transforms bad thoughts into good ones, helping to strengthen self-confidence. The Amethyst is February’s birthstone. It is often given as a gift on 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
The Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz, the widest-ranging of all mineral groups. The Amethyst is a particularly precious gemstone in its classic violet color. The color palette varies from an intense violet to a light shade. Amethysts in an intense purple with pink flashes of color are among the most exquisite. The Amethyst is quite a popular mineral, but gemstones of this specific color and purity are particularly rare. Finding this special color intensity and purity is a particular challenge.
Amethysts are best cleaned carefully with mild soap and lukewarm water. The stone should also be protected from extreme temperature variations and from direct contact with acids and sunlight. Make sure to store it safely.
Amethysts in an intense pink-purple color are mostly found in Brazil and Uruguay. These may have partial inclusions. In gemological language, inclusions mean that the crystal structure is not entirely clear due to inclusions of foreign minerals, fine cracks or crystal changes. However, these also serve as proof of origin and are usually only visible under a microscope. The inclusions reflect the naturalness of the stones. Amethysts originating from Africa have fewer inclusions, but a lighter color. The gemstones can also be found in Australia, Zambia, Madagascar, India and Mexico.