Amethyst is the most highly prized variety of quartz and if not for its widespread availability, would be very expensive. With its luscious purple color, it is the official birthstone for February and one of our best-selling gemstones. The stone's name is derived from the Greek word amethystos, meaning "not drunken," because people of ancient times believed it to protect the wearer from drunkenness. Some amethysts will lose their color in sunlight, so when they aren't being worn, store them away from direct exposure to help maintain their rich purple.
Amethyst and other rich shades of violet are popular for the crown chakra. Amethyst is said to instill high ideals and urge one to do what is right. These semiprecious beads are also said to cure impatience, balance high energy, eliminate chaos, and help keep one grounded.
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