Amethyst is the most highly valued stone in the quartz group. It is found in a variety of shades from lavender to a deep purple. The pale colors are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian jewelry.
Because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, it played an important role in the ornamentation of Catholic and other churches in the Middle Ages. The color purple is traditionally known as the color of royalty and amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn rich and powerful monarchs and rulers. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty.
The deep colors are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes transparent quartz, is the most important quartz variety used in jewelry.
Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for those born in the month of February. It is the anniversary gemstone for the 17th year of marriage. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence.
Traditional Metaphysical Properties of Amethyst:
Contentment, spirituality, dreams, healing, peace, happiness, love, intuition.
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