Because amethyst is one of the more popular stones, it seemed worth learning a bit more of how it was used throughout history. As the excerpts below highlight, amethyst was used for more than preventing drunkenness.
From A Lapidary of Sacred Stones by Claude Lecouteux, p47-48
“In the thirteenth century, it was said the amethyst prevented the devil from causing harm and preventd a person from seeing ‘ghosts’ (fantasme). It also provided protection from the entity known as a nightmare and from fevers, it granted riches, and made one humble, courteous, and gracious.”
“Etched with the moon and sun and hung around the neck with hairs from a cynocephalus* and feathers from a swallow, it protects one from evil spells. Its magical properties are increased if set in gold or silver and if a man on horseback holding a scepter is carved on it.”
* cynocephalus likely refers to some type of baboon
“If one finds an image of an amethyst of a man with a sword in hand seated on a dragon, and this stone is then set in a ring of lead or iron, the wearer will obtain the obedience of all the spirits, tnd they will revela where treasures are hidden and answer whatever questions he may ask.”
“Beads of quartz have been found in caves in Israel that were occupied between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago.” Clearly quartz has been valued over time as a stone of worth for adornment.
There are many varieties of stone in the quartz family. Many are commonly known as quartz: rose quartz, smoky quartz, blue quartz, milky quartz, tourmalinated quartz, rutilated quartz, strawberry quartz, amethyst, and even citrine. However, there are still others less commonly known to be quartz.
Aventurine – usually a milky medium to dark green colored stone but it may be a metallic orange-brown color
Dumortierite quartz – a rare violet-blue to denim-blue colored stone
Prasiolite – a pale green stone that may be anywhere from transparent to translucent; most prasiolite is created by heating amethyst or citrine
Tiger’s eye/hawk’s eye – tiger’s eye has brownish yellow – golden brown/green colors while hawk’s eye has darker blue/black colors; both have the “cat’s eye” effect (chatoyancy) because of the way quartz filled in for the asbestos in the rock fibers as the stone formed
 The Jeweler’s Directory of Gemstones by Judith Crowe, p.67
The Greek word ‘amethystos,’ meaning ‘not intoxicated,’ gives amethyst it’s name – it was considered to be a strong antidote to drunkenness.
Amethyst is a type of quartz that can be found in all shades of purple – from light lavender to a rich purple that can display highlights of magenta when faceted, known as Siberian amethyst. Cape amethyst (also called amethyst quartz) is more opaque with color zoning in white and purple. Like all quartz, amethyst has a Mohs hardness of 7, so it is moderately hard but can scratch and get chipped.
Amethyst is sensitive both to heat and sunlight – both could affect the color of the stone. Try to keep your amethyst jewelry or stones away from prolonged exposure to intense heat or light and store in a cool, dark place when not in use. Clean your amethyst jewelry with water mixed with a small amount of mild liquid hand soap with a soft cloth, rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.
Typically amethyst is not treated in any way, however synthetic amethyst does exist and synthetic quartz may be dyed and sold as amethyst. Be sure to ask your seller about the stones.
Amethyst has a number of metaphysical associations with it, including:
increases stability, peace, and calm
provides protection against psychic attacks
opens communication with angels, telepathy and other psychic abilities
promotes shrewdness in business matters
balances and heals all chakras
encourages inner strength
helps with developing intuition and psychic abilities
can transform negative energy to love energy
Chakras: third eye, crown
We have many amethyst pieces on our site and loose stones waiting to be set. Below is a 2.51ct amethyst set in Sterling Silver from www.dragondreamsjewelry.com