The 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.
The color can vary from a pinkish violet o a dark blue-violet, with shades of red and sometimes even grey.
Amethyst is said to be a meditative and calming stone, which works in the emotional, planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. Some people even say it enhances a person’s ability for telepathy and clairvoyance, which is why it is often used to lucid dream. It is also said to protect its wearer from seduction.
The amethyst changes its color when heated. Darker tones change at a temperature as low as 200° F to a yellowish-brown color and lighter, more transparent versions change to yellow or colorless at approximately 400° F.
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