Amethyst is one of the most popular minerals with children

Amethyst Mineral SampleAmethyst is a common, purple form of the mineral quartz.  Fairly hard, amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale which has a range from 1 (softest) to 10 (hardest).  Crystals of the mineral often form in clusters, which is also called druse, and commonly form in geodes.  The purple color of amethyst is due to the presence of ferric iron (Fe3+) in the quartz crystal and can range from light to dark.  Amethyst is considered a semi-precious gemstone that is most commonly used in jewelry and for collecting.  Beautiful samples of amethyst can be found in Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Russia, India, Sri Lanka, and the United States.  

 Some people believe that amethyst holds magical and healing powers.  Amethyst is thought in some circles to calm emotions, reduce stress and promote harmony.  Whether you believe in the magical power of amethyst or not, we still think you will love amethyst!  Learn more about amethyst at

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