Birthstone Profile: Amethyst

For centuries the color purple has been associated with royalty. Because of this, it is only natural that Amethyst has been as well. However, royalty isn’t the only thing the gemstone has been associated with, it is also a symbol of friendship.

Amethyst is considered a protective gemstone. It was known to protect crops against storms and insects, drive out evil spirits, and even protect the wearer from seduction. Of all of its protective qualities, this purple form of quartz is most commonly cited as having the power to protect against intoxication. In ancient times, to stay clearheaded and quick witted, alcohol would sometimes be drunk from Amethyst cups.

The purple color of Amethyst is as unique as it is alluring. Russian Empress Catherine the Great wanted it so much that she thousands of miners into the Ural Mountains to look for it. Today Amethyst can still be found in these mountains, however the largest, gem quality deposits are found in Brazil and Uruguay.

Your local Warren Jewelers has a huge selection of loose Amethyst that can be mounted into anything! Use your own gold to make a beautiful custom piece or take a peek at our huge selection of expertly crafted Amethyst jewelry!

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~ by Warren Jewelers-Kirkland on February 18, 2010.

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