Amethyst, a member of the quartz family, occurs in purple as its primary hue. Blues and reds may occur as secondary hues. This combination creates a breathtaking and regal purple gem. Amethyst is mined in all over the world. The largest producer is Brazil but amethyst is also mined in many states right here in the U.S.
Amethyst's name comes from the Greek “amethustos”, which means “not drunken”. The Ancient Greeks believed amethyst could protect the wine drinker from intoxication. No myth of the time connected Bacchus, the god of wine, with amethyst, until thousands of years later when a French Renaissance poet wrote “L'Amethyste, ou les Amours de Bacchus et Beleau.” In the poem, Amethyste is a mortal woman who wants to remain chaste and fends off Bacchus' advances. Diana, a chaste goddess, takes pity on Amethyste and, to help her, turns Amethyste into a white stone. In defeat, Bacchus pours wine on the white stone and creates amethyst's rich and gorgeous purple color.
Along with protecting the wine drinker from intoxication, amethyst jewelry such as amethyst rings and amethyst necklaces were worn by the Catholic clergy in medieval times as a way to protect themselves from the mystical intoxication of the Holy Spirit. Soldiers slipped amethyst stones into their pockets before running onto the battlefield, believing the amethyst would help the soldiers keep calm and reasoned during the chaos and confusion of war.
Whether you believe it can keep you calm or you are enamored by amethyst's royal beauty, we have just the right piece of amethyst jewelry to fit you.