Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and owes its color to irradiation and iron impurities. Its primary hues range from light pinkish violet to a deep purple, and may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue.
Amethyst was first used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians. The word Amethyst comes from the Greek meaning “without drunkenness”. Ancient Greeks and Romans wore Amethyst and made drinking vessels from it it the belief that it would prevent intoxication. Purple is recognized as the color of royalty and has been worn by the rich and powerful as a mark of rank for hundreds of years. Even today it still has a regal air.
For centuries, amethysts have been thought to be an excellent remedial for may ailments. Hundreds of years ago, the amethyst was moistened with saliva and rubbed on the face to banish pimples and rough skin. Today Amethyst is considered to be cleansing, both physically and psychologically.
Because it is said to promote internal balance and harmony, it is often used when meditating.