Amethyst is quite literally the crown jewels of the quartz family ( have you ever seen that big purple stone in Queen Elizabeth’s scepter?).
Amethyst has been collected since ancient times and owes its modern name to the Greek belief that it prevented hangovers (a = “not”, and “methustos” = to intoxicate”).
Traditionally it was included among the most valuable gemstones, but in modern times has slipped in value, being the star member of one of the biggest group of stone families around – quartz! – and as new sources were discovered.
Besides being the birthstone for those born in February, Amethyst is given on the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.