HOW IT IS FORMED
Amethyst is one of the most common and most popular gemstones. It is a type of transparent quartz, ranging from light to deep purple, depending on the amount of manganese and iron, which give it its color. Amethyst naturally occurs as large crystal formations, typically on the inside of agate geodes, resulting in terminated crystals and clusters. These geodes containing amethyst are formed when clay, silt, sand, and gravel are compacted with running water. While the crystals can grow to be several inches, the geodes containing the crystals can reach several feet.
HISTORY & LEGENDS
Ancient Greeks and Romans studded their goblets with amethyst, for its sobering effect. They believed amethyst would keep their ming clear and they could not get drunk. Monarchs wore amethyst on robes and crowns, believing that the jewel was as equal in value to rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. Even now, the color purple is associated with wealth and power.