The Greeks believed that the gemstone could guard against drunkenness. Amethystos means "not drunk" in Ancient Greek. They thought as long as you had an amethyst on your person that you could drink all night and remain sober.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and one of the emblems of the twelve apostles. Ruled by the planet Jupiter, it's the zodiacal gem for those born under the sign of Pisces. St. Valentine is said to have worn an amethyst ring carved with Cupid's likeness. In Medieval times, chaste love was highly valued as true love. Amethyst signified this vision of love.
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and owes it color to irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements. The stone is produced in abundance in Brazil where it occurs in large geodes within volcanic rocks. Amethyst is found in Uraquay, South Korea, Austria, Russia, Africa, Canada and the United States.
Up until the 18th century, amethyst was considered as valuable as diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. But since the discovery of deposits in locations like Brazil, it has lost most of its value. Rather than carat weight as a determination of value, color is the biggest factor for amethyst.
Hers is a little poem by author unknown about amethyst:
From passion and from care kept free
Shall Pisces' children ever be
Who wear so all the world may see
Listed below are lovely examples of Amethyst and the color purple from some of my fellow artisans. I know they would be honored to have you visit their shops!
Shadow Dog Designs
Linor Store Jewelry
The Singing Beader
Blue Morning Expressions
Two Glass Thumbs
Art by Sunfire
Holly Knitter Creations
Blonde Peach Jewelry