Amethyst

The elegant Amethyst is a semiprecious stone that is very easy to identify. It is variety of quartz with a specific violet-purple color derived from gamma radiation and traces of iron. Amethyst crystals have unevenly distributed colors. It is most intense in the growth zone (at the tips) of geodes. Exposure to UV light destroys the color, and thus prolonged exposure to sunlight slowly will cause amethyst’s bright color to slowly fade. When heated, Amethyst’s color will fade to yellow, resembling the color of citrine. The states of Artigas, Uruguay, and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil are the largest producers, with smaller quantities mined in Minas Gerais and Bahia and several other locations in the world: South Korea, Mexico, Africa, Spain, Argentina, Russia, Afghanistan and US.

Formation

Amethysts form naturally over millions of years inside igneous volcanic rocks, known as basalts, derived from volcanic lava. The minerals and water in the basalt act as vessels that allow the crystals to form over time.  The mineral can also form in sedimentary and hydrothermal rocks. An amethyst is only formed when silica and ferric iron are present in water. During the rock-forming process, silicon dioxide, an essential part of its chemical structure, plays a significant role. Gamma irradiation is another important process for stimulating important processes inside volcanic rock besides these essential compounds and groundwater. Carbon, calcium, and oxygen are all included in the process. 

Properties

The Mohs hardness of amethyst is 7, and it does not break when it is cleaved. As a result, it is suitable for use in rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants. Almost all the properties of amethyst are the same as those of other colors of quartz. There is only one critical difference between them: color.

Legends

Amethyst’s name is derived from “A-methystos” – the Greek word for not drunk. According to an old story, there was once a beautiful maiden who was standing at the Temple of Diana expecting worship to begin. She did, however, cross paths with Bacchus, the god of wine. After having just been wronged by some one, he vowed to get revenge on anyone who crossed him. After spotting the maiden, he unleashed his two guardian tigers upon her. The goddess Diana intervened as the beasts raced towards the girl. As a way to protect her, she made her a pure, clear stone. Bacchus was immediately overcome with remorse. Affirming his wrongdoing, he poured his wine over the crystal, staining it a deep, violet color and so Amethyst was created.

Symbolism: Peace, Love, Protection Against Thieves, Courage, Happiness, Overcoming Alcoholism, Healing, Dreams

Chakra: Crown chakra, Third eye chakra

Birthstone: February

Element: Air

A spiritual stone, amethyst does not display any negative side effects. It does not attract violence, anger, passion, or any other negative emotions.
General Use: carry a small piece in a bag or pocket, wear it in jewelry like rings, bracelets or pendants, keep it around in your home. 
In part because amethyst so deeply represents spirituality, it is often worn during contemplation or placed in simple meditation altars. A piece placed in front of a white candle and burning incense tends to ease the mind into meditative states.
As well as increasing psychic awareness, amethyst is said to sharpen the "sixth sense". The amethyst is often kept with tarot cards or rune stones when working with any of these. As such, it is commonly used in psychic and divinatory acts.


Cleansing: it can be cleansed by placing it under running water, then wiping it dry with a soft towel

Crystal healing: The use of amethysts can help those who are trying to overcome chemical addiction. It may provide inner strength to those with dependency issues. Amethyst is said to assist in combating insomnia and nightmares when placed beneath the pillow or worn at night. This helps induce a peaceful sleep with pleasant, healing dreams. Nevertheless, it will also ensure the wearer does not oversleep. 

Take an amethyst and hold it in your left hand when you feel stressed out by life (or right if you're left-handed).  Experience its relaxing, de-stressing, calming and peaceful vibrations. You could also wear amethyst so that it touches your skin, and so you could prevent such highly emotional states.
The amethyst calms fears, lifts spirits, and helps us see the spiritual side of life. By wearing it you can shed guilt, or self-deception, overcome addictions such as alcohol, curb overindulgence, and improve your judgment.
The energy of amethyst calms stormy emotions. You will benefit from the amethyst in dangerous situations.
This beautiful stone is also said to be a sharpening stone that enhances mental abilities. It can improve memory, relieve headaches, and keep the mind focused on life goals.


Ayurveda: It helps to balance emotions to help individuals with vata and pitta imbalances. Amethyst is an excellent stone for mental clarity and is associated with the crown chakra. A gold setting will bring prosperity. When someone has neuromuscular weakness, wearing amethysts would be helpful, as would placing them at the four corners of the bed.


Feng Shui: Clusters and geodes of amethyst are among the most important crystals for feng shui. Amethyst is a gemstone associated with the yin energy. The amethyst crystal helps us to fall asleep, sleep well, and enjoy the stillness. There are many points coming from one base, which helps to clear negative energy as quickly as possible. As such, they are particularly useful in areas that tend to have large concentrations of people. Amethyst geodes in particular are exceptionally effective and fast at clearing stress from a space. By absorbing negativity and transforming it into positive energies, the amethyst stone can be used in feng shui almost anywhere in the house or office. By placing your amethyst geode by your front door, you can more effectively protect your home and your loved ones. This is something you can implement in your company too, to protect yourself and your employees. 


Ancient traditions: Amethyst is an ancient magical stone. Two thousand years ago, it was just as popular as today. According to ancient beliefs, wearing the stone kept one sober, chaste, and in control of their thoughts. This gem would protect the wearer from anger and violence that is a result of passion. This stone promotes tranquility, courage, and contemplation. The stone was said to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence, help men in business, preserve soldiers from battle wounds, aid warriors in their quest for victory, protect hunters from contagious diseases, and drive away demons. It was customary in Renaissance magic to wear amethysts engraved with a bear image as protective amulets. In ancient Greece and Rome, amethyst rings and magical cups made of amethyst banished sorrow from those who drank them. It symbolizes a deep and pure feeling, and was commonly exchanged between lovers to make commitments stronger. The amethyst was carved in the shape of a heart and set in silver as a gift by a woman to her lover. Amethyst also has been specifically prescribed for men as a means of attracting women. The stone, when worn by a man, was said to attract the right woman.

 

Reiki: People with frequent nightmares should consider using amethyst to help them. You can ease tired eyes with amethysts by putting a small piece in the palm of each hand and applying them to your strained eyes. Addictions can be treated with amethyst and sugilite. Along with rose quartz, amethyst is also a great stone to use for relaxing the mind and body. Among its uses are tension headaches, migraine headaches, insomnia, stress relief, and helping to calm the emotions of those who are easily agitated.


Christianity: The amethyst is mentioned in the Bible several times. Additionally, it was one of the twelve precious stones on the breastplate of Aaron, the high priest. Amethyst was used in the construction of the 12th foundation of the Holy City. As a Bishop's ring, Amethyst occupied a prominent place in early Christian history. In previous centuries, purple was used to symbolize Jesus Christ and therefore, had a connection with Christmas.


Pagan beliefs: Known as a remedy for addiction, anxiety, cleansing tool, it can also be used for healing, meditation, nightmare relief, phobia removal, and rebirth. It is used in scrying and lithomancy. It is used to decorate altars and in rituals associated with Imbolc (spring festival in early spring/late winter). Your personal vibrations are raised with amethyst, making you more energetically protected during spell casting. In lawsuits, amethyst is used to ensure that the right thing is done. In prosperity magic, it is used to ensure business success, possibly because it is a Jupiter stone.

 

 


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