When we think of the gemstone amethyst, it more than likely conjures up the colour purple in our minds, with colours ranging from pale lilac to dark purplish red. However, did you know there is also a type of green amethyst named prasiolite. This is a yellowy-green gemstone that is created by heating natural amethyst to change its colour. The pale green hues of green amethyst are quite beautiful and delicate. The main source of amethyst is South America, namely Brazil, Bolivia and Uruguay.
Amethyst is the birthstone for those born in February, and it's a very popular stone for all types of jewellery due to its hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. As well as being used for jewellery, amethyst is also used for its alleged healing properties. Some people carry an amethyst crystal with them or hold it during meditation. Amethysts are believed to instil peace and calm in the mind and clear away anxiety and pain. They may also balance hormones and relieve headaches. Interestingly, according to the Ancient Greeks, they can even stop you from becoming intoxicated by alcohol!
Amethysts look equally lovely in either silver or gold settings and you can combine different hues for a beautiful look. Amethysts are also stunning when paired with green gemstones. Here at Hunters Fine Jewellery, this gorgeous purple gemstone features in some of our delightful antique pieces and in our modern jewellery range.