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Purple gemstones: magic, mysticism and dazzling beauty

on November 26, 2023

Purple gemstones have historically had a special and profound significance in jewelry. The color purple or violet in gemstones is associated with transformation and spiritual growth, and generally gems of this color are chosen as amulets for their supposed protective energy.

Purple gemstones

The color violet comes from the combination of red and blue tones, which for many translates as the combination of all that is masculine and all that is feminine. Hence, it is a color preferred by both men and women. Depending on the percentage of blue or red it contains, it can be more purple, close to pink, or more purple with blue traces.

In the following article you will find a summary of the purple stones most commonly used in jewelry and their general characteristics.



Amethyst is a semi-precious stone very famous for its particular violet color and for the spiritual and metaphysical properties attributed to it. It is the product of a long tradition.

It is a macrocrystalline variety of quartz, whose color is due to the presence of iron in its composition.  Being a common mineral, it can be found in many places in the world, but the largest and most important deposits are in Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina. Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina. 

Since ancient times, this purple colored gem has been related to the divine and spiritual. It is associated with protection and wisdom, and historically it is known as the stone of humility and harmony.

Tradition has it that the name Amethyst comes from a Greek maiden named Amethystos, whom Artemis turned into a white rock to free her from the harassment of the god Dionysus, who then poured a cup of wine over her, dyeing her with its characteristic color.  Hence the belief, in Roman and Greek cultures, that amethyst protected them from getting drunk.

It is believed to have properties to protect from excesses and promotes tranquility. It is widely used in meditation practices, for its supposed ability to help in concentration and compression. 

Because of its color it is considered in some civilizations as a stone of power and attracts wealth.  It is one of the most used purple gems in the world for different healing and energetic purposes.

If you like the vibrant color of Amethyst, in Albert Hern you can find accessories for all occasions:



Tanzanite shows a vibrant bluish violet color that makes it really unique. This purple color gem is really rare and valuable in the market, because the deposits where it can be found are located exclusively in the Mirerani hills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. 

In fact, it is said to be much rarer and harder to find than diamonds, because of its limited production.

The history of their appearance dates back to the late 1950s, when rains devastated the Maasai tribe's territory and forced them to flee. As weather conditions improved and they returned to their land, the natives found bright purple-blue stones all over the land and considered it a divine sign. 

It is one of the most valuable purple rocks today and the greater its color, clarity and weight, the greater its value.

In addition to its high monetary value, it has a very strong heritage of spiritual significance. It is associated with creativity and expression, and is said to help develop intuition.

It is believed to help with self-confidence, and is ideal for artistic and free spirits. It is also linked to skin and eye health.

Check out these accessory options with Tanzanite that Albert Hern has:


Purple sapphire

Of the violet precious stones, the sapphire is one of the rarest and rarest on the market. Violet sapphires are more difficult to find than the blue ones, which are the most known and common.  

They are considered as talismans of protection, good fortune and healing.

This gemstone is also known as plum sapphire. It is a variety of corundum, like ruby, and is composed of an aluminum oxide mineral. Purple sapphire is confused with some other gemstones such as amethyst, and is associated with pure elegance and sophistication.

Since ancient times it has been associated with romance, tradition and wisdom. It has been called the stone of royalty, and was considered a token of divine favor, so it was used by kings and priests as early as 600 BC. In the Persian civilization, it was believed that the planet earth was on a sapphire and the reflection colored the sky.

If you are interested in acquiring a purple jewel you can check the Albert Hern catalog:



Rhodolite garnet

Rhodolite garnet is one of the most attractive violet gemstones in jewelry. 

This gemstone is an exquisite combination of almandine and pyrope, and is the lighter color of the traditional red garnet. The red-violet mix is one of the most striking and sought after in the accessories market.

It is a very popular rare gemstone, due to its beauty and properties. Purple garnet is a variety of aluminum silicate mineral along with other metals. The purple hue, which can vary from light violet to deep purple, is due to the presence of iron and manganese. 

The largest deposits are found in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Madagascar.  Purple garnet is associated with confidence, courage and determination, and is believed to help people achieve goals and overcome challenges.

In Albert Hern the name of a purple gemstone that stands out is garnet:


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