The legend of the origin of this stone goes back to Greek mythology. One day, Dionysus, drunk and offended by a mortal, swore to take revenge on the first human he came across. It was Amethyst, a beautiful and innocent young girl that he decided to attack by sending two hungry tigers. Frightened, Amethyst implored the protection of Artemis who transformed her into a white crystal. Dionysus, regretting his cruelty, poured wine on the stone as an offering, which gave the amethyst its color.


Amethyst is, like citrine, a variety of quartz, a mineral of the silicate group.


The etymology of its name is rather surprising, it comes from the Greek a-methustes or amethistos which means "which protects from drunkenness". In ancient Greece, this stone with the color of wine cut with water, was thus reputed to preserve from drunkenness. Thus we find a lot of amethyst set on Greek timbales.

Extraction sites

The main deposits of amethyst are in South America, mainly in Brazil but also in Uruguay. It is also possible to find it in Madagascar and in Europe.


Amethyst is a purple stone. Its color can vary from mauve to purple, but it is for a rich purple with a slightly pinkish sheen and transparency that it is preferred and sought after.


Amethyst is a variety of quartz, composed of silicon dioxide and iron to give it its unique color.


Quartz (including amethysts and citrines) are quite resistant since they are rated 7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale like zircons. In addition, this stone is very resistant to erosion.


Amethysts are naturally purple, any heat treatment will involve a change in color. Heating to over 500°c will create yellow (citrine), green, or brown varieties. Thus it is very rare to find a treated purple amethyst.


Amethyst can be given to celebrate the 12th wedding anniversary and is also the birthstone of the month of February.

Famous amethysts

The amethyst is by its purple color very appreciated to realize sumptuous ornaments. Queen Marie's, wife of King George V, was impressive, consisting of a tiara, a necklace, a pair of earrings, a brooch and so on. Empress Josephine also had a striking set with quartz but opted for citrines (yellow quartz) mounted in a tiara, earrings, brooch, two bracelets and a necklace with gold.

You might also like

Tourmaline Paraíba

Maison Alchimie Paris - Histoire et caractéristiques de la tourmaline Paraíba

Tourmaline Paraíba

Among the family of tourmalines, there is one that attracts all eyes, the tourmaline Paraíba. Its neon blue-green color gives it a unique aura.

Tsavorite Garnet

Maison Alchimie Paris - Histoire et caractéristiques du grenat tsavorite

Tsavorite Garnet

The tsavorite garnet is one of those stones whose name alone evokes a journey. These green gems are mined in the heart of the Tsavo Park in Kenya.


Maison Alchimie Paris - Histoire et caractéristiques de la tanzanite


Of the zoïsite family, tanzanite is a stone with blue-violet shades. It takes its name from the only deposit that exists, in Tanzania.

What our customers say

“Grâce à vous, j’ai pu obtenir 
la bague que je souhaitais offrir à ma compagne pour nos fiançailles tout en restant dans le budget prévu initialement et en augmentant la taille et la qualité des pierres sur la monture.

Un travail de qualité, une équipe à l’écoute de ses clients et un délai de production et de réception respectés.”

Maxime B.

“J’ai fait appel à Maison Nascendi 
pour une occasion très spéciale. Je souhaitais offrir pour le baptême de ma petite fille un présent unique et orignal : une pierre couleur de ses yeux bleus.

La pierre qui m’a été proposée, une aigue-marine, est magnifique ! J’adore.

Merci à vous tous.”

Isabelle C.

“Une super expérience !!
L’équipe de Maison Nascendi est très chaleureuse et de très bons conseils ! Je suis très satisfait du résultat : pierre d’une grande finesse, modèle de bague sur mesure, prix ultra compétitif et délais très raisonnables (2 semaines).

Je recommande vivement cette Maison de joaillerie.”

Baptiste A.