What on Earth is Amethyst?

The traditional birthstone for February, Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and one of several forms of quartz. Throughout the centuries, it has been highly esteemed for its beauty and powers to soothe and stimulate one’s mind and emotions. It comes in hues that range from deep purple to light pinkish violet, with red and blue as its secondary hues.

The Physical Properties of Amethyst

Amethyst is known as Crystalline Quartz. The deeper colored stones are more valuable and once more valuable than diamonds. These stones are naturally made and found only at a few locations, which is why some gem dealers sell Ametrine or Citrine – artificially heated Amethyst which turns yellow because of the heat. Amethyst is violet due to iron impurities, the presence of trace elements, and irradiation.It is mined for in Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, and several African countries.

The most popular purple stone, Amethyst doesn’t break by cleavage and has a Mohs hardness of 7. Because of its durability, it us used in jewelry, such as bracelets, pendants, earring, and rings. Amethyst has glassy or vitreous luster, a trigonal crystal system, and is transparent to translucent. It loses its violet color when heated to more than 300-400°C and can turn colorless, brown, orange, or yellow.

The History of Amethyst

In Ancient Greece, people believed that it prevented intoxication and they carved drinking vessels from it. Its name itself comes from the Koine Greek – amethystos, meaning “not,” and methysko, meaning “intoxicate.” European soldiers, on the other hand, wore amulets made of amethyst as protection in battle, because they believed that it helped them remain cool-headed and to heal. Amethyst is considered sacred to the Buddha by Tibetans, who make prayer beads from it. In 1902, an “amethyst-grotto” or a geode, from southern Brazil was presented at an exhibition in Germany. During the 1800s, the color of the stone was thought to come from the presence of manganese. Today, the color is believed to be from an organic source because heat can alter it.

The Lore of Amethyst

Amethyst was believed to protect against thieves and burglars, ward off violent death and danger, and to attract justice. It is considered to guard against psychic dark, and the stone transmutes evil energy into love. Some ancient stories told, were that people who wear an Amethyst stone are said to have incredible charisma and pleasing personality. Couples sometimes exchange heart-shaped Amethyst stones to enhance the longevity and depth of their relationship.

The Metaphysical Properties of Amethyst

Amethyst helps to develop the psychic abilities by increasing the activity in the right brain. It produces and strengthens inspiration, intuition, and raises thoughts to a higher spiritual level. By wearing in on your left wrist, it will assist in enabling you to foresee and heighten your spiritual levels. Recharge your stone under the light of the moon because sunlight may fade its color.

Also known as the stone of Spirituality and Contentment, Amethysts calms fears, soothes impatience and anger, and provides a relaxing effect to everyone in its vicinity. They also help open gateways into transformational spiritual experiences, bringing change to your consciousness, breaking up your negative emotional processes. A powerful amulet for travelers that protects against black magic, harm, danger, sickness, and thieves.

Amethyst is placed on the Crown Chakra during meditation to increase confidence and concentration. It balances mental, emotional, and physical bodies by linking them to the spiritual body.


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