Do you know Amethyst?

Amethyst is the purple form of the mineral quartz.  Fairly hard, amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.  Amethyst is always purple and has a shiny appearance.

Well formed crystals of the mineral are often found in clusters, called ‘druze,’ and commonly form in geodes. Amethyst is purple because of iron impurities in the crystal.

Visit Mini Me Geology where you can find amethyst as single crystals as well as a part of our My Rockin Collection Deluxe Mineral Kit, and our Junior Mineral kit.

 

Amethyst Trivia!

  • Amethyst is the birthstone of February.
  • Amethyst, a semi-precious stone, is often used in making jewelry and home accents.
  • Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst could prevent intoxication.
  • Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets because they believed that the crystals would help heal them and keep them calm in battle.

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