Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and takes for a wonderful spiritual gift. The color purple is traditionally the color of royalty and amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn the rich and powerful monarchs and rulers. Today, amethyst is a lovely and affordable gemstone that is fortunately available in a wide variety of cut and uncut stones that we can all possess and admire. The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek and means "not drunken." Amethyst is claimed to have the following healing properties: The Greek work "amethystos" basically can be translated as "not drunken." Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it! Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and increase the intelligence. It was also believed to encourage celibacy and rings made of amethyst are often worn by bishops. Similarly, Tibetan Buddhists believe the crystal to be sacred to the Buddha and use amathyst in rosaries. Amethyst is believed to be a spiritual crystal that can quicken spiritual growth and inspires healing powers, divine love and intuition. As a healing crystal amethyst is considered to be an uplifting crystal and will strengthen both the endocrine and immune systems. It is also believed to aid the pituitary gland and is a powerful blood cleaner and energizer. Amethyst is also the birthstone of the month of February. The color is as shown in picture. beads size is 8mm, 15.5" long, 170carats.