Revered by the ancient Greeks as a talisman, amethyst was thought to entice the highest, purest aspirations of humankind when worn. Amethyst was believed to inspire courage, calm and contemplation.
February’s birthstone, amethyst also is the favored gift for the 1st and 6th wedding anniversaries, historically symbolizing sincerity and sacred love. Gem of optimism and good fortune, amethyst reveals the positive vibrations surrounding those who wear it.
Amember of the quartz family, amethyst comes in a variety of purple shades of varying intensity-from plae lilac to reddish or bluish violet to deep purple with red highlights. Amethyst is considered the most highly prized variety of quartz, although very affordable. However, amethyst in large sizes and rich deep colors is rare and more costly.
Amethyst is sometimes enhanced by traditional heating methods to lighten color and remove smoky components. Certain amethysts are heated to produce citrine and green quartz. To clean use warm soapy water and a soft brush.