Amethyst is considered by many as the most striking representative of the quartz family. The color purple is traditionally the color of royalty and amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn the most rich and powerful rulers.
Cleopatra is said to have worn an amethyst ring symbolizing love, light, and life. With her amethyst ring, Cleopatra was said to have enchanted not one but two powerful Roman generals: Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.
Amethyst can be found in shades from the most clear tender pastel lilac to deepest of violets.