From the deepest purple to the clearest lavender.
Violet, lilac, mauve, this is a gemstone that encompasses all the soothing hues of purple.
Produced also in Japan, this is a quartz (crystal) that is also commonly found in items of daily use, such as watches or cameras.
The purple-hued stones used in these items are also known as amethyst.
In Japan as well as Egypt, purple is regarded as the colour of elegance and class.
Elsewhere in the world, the amethyst enjoys popularity as a gem favoured for adorning high fashion accessories.
In fact, archaeological discoveries suggest that accessories adorned with amethyst date back as far as 25,000 years ago.
The name amethyst comes from amethustos, Greek for ‘sober’.
The amethyst is believed to be able to prevent its wearer from becoming excessively drunk.