Amethyst is a variety of quartz which occurs in many colours from light lavender to deep purple. The colour is caused by irradiation, impurities of iron and in some cases other transition metals.
The Romans and Greeks thought amethyst to be a strong antidote against drunkenness and wine goblets were carved from it.
The Chinese have used amethyst ground down so that people could consume it to help with mental issues and pain. Not recommended these days!
It has also been thought of as a symbol of calm and serenity. Leonardo da Vinci once claimed that amethyst would quicken intelligence and rid the wearer of evil thoughts.
Roman women loved jewellery. They wore necklaces of varying lengths as well as rings, earrings, pins and bracelets. Amethysts were fashionable and added colour to the jewellery.
This ring was made in London between 1800 and 1869 and has a cameo of a panther on an amethyst. It is part of a collection bequeathed to the Victoria and Albert museum in London by the Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend, a cleric and poet.
Some of our Custom Made Amethyst Projects at Danimose
Kingfisher Emerald cut amethyst bracelet in rose gold
Cushion cut Amethyst pendant