Healing Properties of Amethyst
Amethyst is a powerhouse stone. It vibrates at a high frequency, creating a bubble of spiritual protection against negative energy. It awakens higher consciousness, assists in wise decision-making free of emotional confusion, and facilitates meditation and intuition.
Amethyst as a Gemstone
A purple translucent semi-precious stone. Like all quartz, amethyst is a commonly used stone in metaphysical work. Amethyst is found in many parts of the world, but only a few countries provide the dark, high quality color.
About the Stone
Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. The only difference between regular clear quartz and amethyst is the color, which is caused by iron and aluminum that were present while the stone was forming. Amethyst is always a shade of purple, sometimes very light, other times very dark, and occasionally you will find red dots or red or blue hues in the stone.
Amethyst and citrine are closely related: citrine is formed when amethyst is exposed to heat when forming. Some people even call citrine “burnt amethyst”. When citrine and amethyst are found together in one piece, it is called ametrine and is very sought after.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and is mentioned under the astrological signs Pisces, Aries, Aquarius, and Sagittarius. Amethyst is found in Russia, India, Brazil, US, Canada, Australia, and South Korea.
The use of amethyst dates back to Neolithic times. It has often been associated with royalty, and used in crowns and royal rings.
The word amethyst comes from Greek, and means “to not intoxicate”. It was traditionally used by Greeks and Romans as a way to keep themselves sober. Amethyst has also been used to deal with insomnia, grief, and addictions.
Amethyst in Jewelry
Amethyst, because of its hardness and beautiful color is very popular in jewelry. It is readily available at relatively low prices, even for high grade material, and is available in a huge range of sizes and shapes.