Amethyst

The ancient Greeks used Amethyst as a talisman to protect them from getting inebriated. Therefore the name is derived from the Greek "amethystos" = sober (not drunk). 

Amethyst is one of the oldest traditional gemstones, as early as 3100 B.C. the Egyptians wore it as jewellery. In medieval times it decorated the crowns of kings and the rings of popes.

Amethyst is the best-known representative of the quartz family. It is found in many variations of shades from palest rosy purple to deep and brilliant bluish purple. It occurs grown on bases. The economically most important occurrences in druses are in Brazil, Uruguay and Madagascar.

A lot of experience is needed in order to properly work on amethyst crystals since the colour inside the raw material is not evenly distributed, but rather occurs in more or less intensively coloured spots.

However, it is possible to get inspired in many ways by the “royal” but nevertheless affordable gemstone in the House of Wolfgang Wagner, especially by means of the attractive qualities and brilliant variations of cuts.
Wolfgang Wagner - Edelsteinschleiferei
Grosse Trenk 13 - 55743 Idar-Oberstein
Telefon ++49 67 81 / 4 69 66 - Telefax ++49 67 81 / 4 29 53
Mail: wagner@farbedelsteine.de