Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can be found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewellery. Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.
It was believed by ancient Greeks and Romans that the wearer of an Amethyst would be ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also it is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. The name is derived from the Ancient Greek word translated to a – (‘not’) and méthystos (‘intoxicated’).