Amethyst are a semi-precious stone and the purple variety of Quartz. It is also the most valued member of the Quartz family, a group which also includes Citrine and Prasiolite

Throughout history Amethysts have been highly desired and commonly used in jewellery, and until the 18th century they where part of the five traditional cardinal gemstones which also included diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald.

Amethyst are known for their beautiful colour which ranges from light to dark purple. The more saturated and deeper the purple is, generally commands a higher value. The “Deep Russian” is a very rare type of Amethyst that displays a stunning deep purple. The value of the “Deep Russian” Amethysts is often based on how much buyers are willing to pay.

Interestingly, the name Amethyst comes from the Koine Greek word of ’amethystos’ meaning, “intoxicate”, which is a reference to the accent belief that the stones protects the wearer from intoxication

Amethyst is the birthstone for the zodiac sign, Pieces, the birthstone for those born in February, and, shared with Lodestone, the birthstone for Wednesday. Furthermore, Amethysts are also the symbol for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversary.

The Amethyst is know for its ability to heal, and enhances spirituality, love, compassion and courage in Pisces. It is also believed to be useful when treating insomnia and ancient Greeks would wear amethysts in the belief it would prevent intoxication.

Amethyst are known to be a romantic gift gem, and old legends tale states that wearing one can help you attract love and if your significant other gives you amethyst jewellery on Valentine’s Day, it means they are “the one”.