amethystThe violet to purple amethyst is the most important and best-known gem variety of quartz. It is the birthstone for February.
Today, most amethyst comes from Brazil and Uruguay.

In ancient Rome, people believed, that the purple amethyst could protect its owner from the effects of alcohol. The name “Amethyst“ comes from the Greek “a-methy-stos“ which translates to “one that does not get drunk“. This association probably came up because the color of red wine can be similar to that of an amethyst.

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