Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz. Purple has long been considered a royal color, so it is not surprising that fine amethysts were favored by Egyptian royalty, are featured in the British Crown Jewels, and were a favorite of Catherine the Great. The name Amethyst comes from Greek "Amethustos", meaning “not drunken”. Ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.
the largest, highest quality natural specimen of amethyst found in the US
Amethyst / Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia
AMETHYST AND DIAMOND BRACELET Set with 6 emerald-cut amethysts separated by arched links set with calibré-cut amethysts and pavé-set round diamonds, the total diamond weight approximately 6.90 carats, mounted in rose gold and platinum
Amethyst pendant/brooch c. 1850-1860
Victorian Amethyst cameo worn by sister katherine
Art Deco amethyst and diamond filigree ring.
A BELLE EPOQUE AMETHYST AND DIAMOND RING Set with an hexagonal amethyst to the openwork millegrain diamond-set gallery and half-hoop, circa 1915, ring size 7, with French assay marks for platinum and gold Christie’s.