Amethyst belongs to Quartz group of minerals and it comes in violet or purple colors. Iron impurities in quartz is what makes this gem color violet. Other factors contributing to its color are various trace elements and irradiation. Throughout the history Amethyst had a high value among jewelry enthusiasts. This can be confirmed by findings in royal collections that have Amethyst gem in some jewelry pieces. There were even times when Amethyst was considered as valuable as diamond, emerald and ruby. This has changed in the 18-th century when large deposits of this gem were found in Brazil. Today countries with largest resources of Amethyst are S. Korea, USA, Brazil, Canada and Uruguay.
February month has Amethyst stone assigned as its traditional birthstone. Zodiac sign for Amethyst is Pisces. Some benefits of this violet crystal are promotion of calm, peace and balance. Hence it is meditative and calming gemstone. Individuals who seek more creativity and passion should have Amethyst piece together with them. Other benefits of this gem are clear thinking, enhanced intuition and imagination. Due to these benefits a person can become more focused and successful. Amethyst stone can be used for Third Eye, Crown and Etheric Chakras.