What is Amethyst?

Amethyst is a purple variety of the mineral quartz, and it is one of the most popular gemstones. It gets its distinctive color from the presence of iron and other trace elements within the crystal structure. The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek word "amethystos," which means "not drunken." In ancient times, it was believed that amethyst could prevent drunkenness and was often used as a symbol of sobriety.

Amethyst is found in many locations around the world, including Brazil, Uruguay, Zambia, and Madagascar. It is commonly used in jewelry and other decorative objects, and it is also believed to have metaphysical properties. Some people believe that amethyst can promote calmness and clarity of thought, and it is sometimes used in meditation practices.