Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst

Hue and tone

Amethyst has a light pinkish violet to a deep purple but may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue.

Mythology

Amethyst belongs to the quartz family . Named from the Greek word "amethustos", meaning without wine. Amethyst is an especially powerful stone, a symbol of sincerity, security, and peace of mind. It protects, reduces negativity and brings spirituality - hence the name "Pope Stone”.

The story of the origin of amethyst comes from Greek legends: The god of wine, Bacchus, was insulted one day by a mere mortal. He swore the next mortal that crossed his path, would be attacked by his fierce tigers. Along came a beautiful maiden named Amethyst. Goddess Diana turned Amethyst in a beautiful statue of quartz to save her from the tigers claws. Remorseful Bac-chus wept tears of wine over the stone maiden, creating a lively purple stone. Purple color has long been considered a royal color so it is not surpris-ing that amethyst has been so popular through the history. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty.

Geographic Distribution

Brazil Uruguay South Korea Russia Southern Africa USA