Amongst the gemstones with metaphysical properties, Amethyst is one of the most distinct crystals. This unique purple color stone belongs to the mineral family of quartz, that predominantly contains iron and other minerals within its composition. Amethyst is believed to comprise of meditative and calming properties which boost physical, emotional, and spiritual health. It is also considered one of the most expensive crystals of ancient times and still continues to be a part of royal collections.
The rarity of Amethyst allowed it to be an integral part of the Christian church and it was seen on the Bishop’s ring as well. In fact, the royal purple color of the stone was used to represent Christ.
Mineral Family- Quartz
Refractive Index- nω = 1.543–1.553; nε = 1.552–1.554
Hardness– 7–lower in impure varieties
Color- Violet and Purple
Deposits- Brazil, Zambia, Nigeria, Bolivia, Uruguay, Russia and other countries.