Amethyst: Purple Rain Purple Rain, The Dreaminess of Purple
Simply known as the purple variety of quartz, amethyst is the most popular purple gemstone and certainly one of the most celebrated gems of all times. So widely spread in jewelry and ornaments, amethyst was a household name in every culture from the ancient Greek and Roman all the way to the present day. Similarity, it can be mined in various countries on every continent except Australia.
Its symbolism is very rich. Amethyst is believed to be the third-eye stone possessing the power of wisdom. More so, it is said that that it helps with spiritual healing and the restoration or inner peace. But perhaps most interestingly, it is presumed that amethyst helps prevent drunkenness as the root of its name comes from Greek word “amethystos,” which means not intoxicating.
Historically, this gem was associated with royalty as many royals were fond of it, most notably Catherine the Great. All the way from ancient Egyptian kings and queens to the present day nobility, this gem was a familiar object in many courts and castles. It is ranked at 7.0 on Mohs scale of hardness.