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.
Guerrero Amethyst, Mexico. Its colour is as unique as it is seductive, though in fact this gemstone of all gemstones is said to protect its wearer against seduction. The amethyst is extravagance in violet. For many thousands of years, the most striking representative of the quartz family has been a jewel coveted by princes both ecclesiastical and secular. #AmericanGemSociety
NEW MINERAL SPECIMENS from the TUCSON 2010 shows
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
Lot | Sotheby's
Amethyst pendant/brooch c. 1850-1860
Victorian Amethyst cameo worn by sister katherine
Art Deco amethyst and diamond filigree ring.
14k Gold, Purple, Amethyst, Pink, Sapphire and Diamond 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.
This piece was most likely made during the Edwardian period (1901-1915) when jewelry featured lacy filigree designs that were light and delicate as the clothing at the time, with a sense of refined elegance and luxury. Platinum and diamonds were often used, and amethyst, a favorite stone of King Edward VII’s wife, Alexandra, was often included in jewelry of the era. This amethyst heart brooch was donated to the Smithsonian by Mrs. George M. Morris in 1973.
Edwardian heart-shaped brooch with a magnificent 96-carat amethyst surrounded by diamonds. On display at the National Museum of Natural History.