Amethyst is a gemstone that is crystallized quartz. Amethyst is known throughout the world for its beauty. This crystalline gemstone usually comes in beautiful colors such as violet and purple. It is also important to note that Citrine is created from heat treated Amethyst, Citrine’s color is yellow orange.
Amethyst is the most valuable of the quartz minerals. Amethyst is only used for ornamental jewelry, due to its beauty, hardness and attraction, however it has been coveted for many reasons going back to legends and folklore.
For the most part, Amethyst can be cut to various shapes and sizes and can be found as earrings, on bracelets, charms, and rings. Amethyst was believed to have many special qualities, including the ability to prevent intoxication, for this reason many cups or glasses are bejeweled with Amethyst especially antique glasses from ancient Roman and Greek times.
Amethyst is also the birthstone for February. It is extremely popular during this month as it is given as birthday gifts, usually as ornamental jewelry. It is also popular as a gift for those that are into Astrology. Amethyst are popular with those that are Aquarians and Pisces.
Amethyst has had many uses in ancient and medieval times. For instance, it was used to overcome addictions. Many people that had a hearing disorder, headaches or pain used Amethyst as a way to treat it. Amethyst was also used for insomnia and to stabilize mental disorders.
Amethysts is also sometimes referred to as the sign of a thinker or philosopher, in fact man clergy of the Catholic Church can still be seen wearing rings adorned with Amethyst.