Amethyst is a type of quartz, and quartz is one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth's crust. Quartz is found in a range colours from colourless to black and everything in between. Amethyst itself varies in colour from deep purple to light violet, and the colour is caused by irradiation and/or iron impurities. Amethyst crystals are commonly found in geodes, with often only the tips purple in colour, and the rest of the crystal colourless. The gemstone is most commonly mined in Brazil, Bolivia, India, Madagascar, Namibia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February, it is the stone of St Valentine and faithful lovers, the Romans dedicated it to their God Neptune AND it's also considered an ecclesiastical Bishop's stone. That's some very important uses! It has been believed since ancient Greece that amethyst prevents drunkeness and mystical intoxication, and it is also worn to enhance creativity and passion. Amethyst's sister stone is citrine - another form of quartz - and often citrine is 'created' by heating amethyst to make it turn orange/yellow. Less intense heating can create ametrine - a transparent gemstone where half is purple and the other half yellow/orange. Other stones in the crystalline quartz family include rock crystal, smoky quartz, prasolite and rose quartz.
Amethyst is wonderful gemstone to wear in jewellery - it's not overly expensive and yet its colour makes it exceptionally beautiful. We stock amethyst pendants, necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings in both 9ct gold and sterling silver. All of our amethyst jewellery comes with free UK delivery, and 30 day returns.