A variety of crystallized quartz, of a purple or bluish violet color, of different shades. It is much used as a jeweler's stone.
A purple color in a nobleman's escutcheon, or coat of arms.
A member of the quartz family, Amethysts range in color from light violet to deep purple. Amethysts are given either a faceted cut or cabochon to highlight their beautiful natural hue. They are usually affordable and beautiful gemstones most commonly found in Brazil, Uruguay, Canada and the United States (North Carolina). Amethyst is the birthstone for February.