Looking to purchase amethyst jewellery? Now is a better time than ever! Amethyst has a passionate presence in the gemstone industry. Read on to find out more about February’s extravagant gemstone… Amethyst is the purple variety of the treasured mineral Quartz; it ranges in beautiful colours from a strong royal purple to a cool light lilac. Ranked at 7 on the Mohs scale, Amethyst is generally a hard gemstone and making it ideal for use in jewellery. This lovely purple member of the Quartz family was originally discovered around 3000BC in Europe! Since then, this stunning gemstone has been accessible around the world. Mexico sources tall, well-shaped amethyst, Brazil on the other hand is home to enormous quantities of deeply coloured amethyst. The royal purple stone has one of the most fascinating histories of all gemstones. First off, the name of February’s birthstone is derived from the Greek word amethustos, which translates to “not drunken, due to the association with the Bacchus, the Greek god of wine. The ancient Egyptians believed amethyst could keep a person from being poisoned, cure insomnia and bring pleasant dreams. Medieval churchmen used this charming stone to promote good relationships and wisdom. There are also various folklores that suggest amethyst was also used to enhance courage, creativity, and self-esteem and to protect the wearer against evil.