The beautiful purple depth of color found in amethyst gemstones has influenced humans for generations. This quartz was heralded as being a protection stone from overindulgence and drunkenness by ancient Greek society; in fact, its very name is derived from the word "Ametusthos" or "Amethystos" ("not intoxicate"). In Chinese philosophy, amethyst gemstone is used as a conduit for wealth and prosperity, and in modern crystal healing, amethyst is considered a healing stone that rids the wearer of stressful thoughts and anxiety.
Regardless of its use or meaning, Amethyst is a quartz that is above average on the Moh's scale (approximately 7) and can be found in numerous locations worldwide - from Brazil and North America to South Korea and Africa. Known and prized for its purple color that can range from violet to deep purple, specimens can also have blue and/or red undertones lending the stone to appear more "warm" or "cool" when viewed through different sources of light.
Another stone that can be found with a similar sounding name is "Ametrine". This in fact, is an amethyst specimen that has been heat treated. The result is a stone that appears purple on one side and yellow on the other - an amethyst/citrine or ametrine stone! (The citrine appearance is named for the color similarities only, the amethyst stone does not actually turn into a citrine stone minerally speaking).
Because Amethyst is so versatile, gemstone beads can look great when used with silver or gold colored findings for any style of jewelry. We carry Swarovski Crystals in a variety of amethyst hues to help with jewelry designs that range from subtle to dramatic (and everything in-between!)
So a big Happy Birthday to all who celebrate their day this month, and shop our Swarovski Amethyst Crystals or Amethyst Gemstones to help you create a stunning piece of jewelry to celebrate the February birthstone, amethyst.