Amethyst is a beautiful stone that is a member of the quartz family. Amethyst is one of the most valuable and vivid quartz minerals. It comes in a few distinct colours including violet, purple, rose, lavender and mauve and can range from a very pale colour to a very dark and intense purple. Amethyst is a relatively hard gemstone. It is rated a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which means it is a great stone from which to create jewellery to be worn on a regular basis. Amethyst is also a relatively inexpensive gemstone, so it is possible to find quite large and excellent quality examples to make into spectacular rings and pendants at a very competitive price. It is said that amethyst can be a meditative and calming stone that promotes peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. Also, the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that amethyst could prevent them from getting drunk and they even made glasses from amethyst to prevent intoxication.