Amethyst exists widely around the world, but Myanmar Amethyst is renowned for its quality. The best natural amethyst color is a medium dark violet and it is uniform. However, many prefer some of the lighter, lavender, tones of Amethyst.
Amethyst is usually cut to larger size gemstones, in various cuts from faceted to cabochon. A clear Amethyst, in personally desirable color, makes a nice piece for a ring with a larger stone, medium stones work well for earrings and bracelets.
Amethyst is said to aid with physical ailments, emotional issues, energy healing as well as Chakra balancing.
Amethyst hardness (resistance to scratches) is 7 (max 10) while toughness (resistance to chips, breakage etc.) is good, making it a very good gemstone to wear in jewelry.
Amethyst is a February birthstone.