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The name amethyst derives from the Greek word “Amethystos”, which is basically translated as ‘not drunken’


Amethyst comes in a broad range of shades ranging from pale lilac to deep purple.

Gemmological Characteristics:

Amethyst is found in alluvial deposits. Its hardness in the Rohm scale is 7 and its crystal structure is trigonal, with a composition of silicon dioxide and vitreous lustre.

Holistic Properties:

It helps to balance the body, and gives inner peace. It strengthens the immune system and alleviates headaches and stress. It is good for inspiration and intuition.

Gem Folklore:

The legend of the origin comes from Greek myths. Dionysus (God of intoxication) was angered and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path. The beautiful Amethyst crossed his path and she was saved from his brutal attack by being turned into a crystalline figure. Hence Greeks believed Amethyst helps prevent drunkenness.


Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay as well as Zambia, Namibia and other African nations.

Zodiac & Birthstone:

Zodiac: Pisces (February 19 - March 20), 
Month: February