This alluring purple stone is one of the most beloved gems in the world. From the light violet varieties to the deep red purple, all amethyst types can be incorporated into a range of jewelry. Amethysts are not only admired for their beauty, but are sought after for their healing properties as well.
Amethysts are the most spiritual gemstone, if you find yourself drawn to this beautiful, gentle stone, then you may be about to embark on a spiritual awakening and healing. Whether you choose to sleep with an amethyst under your pillow, wear an uncut crystal around your neck while you meditate, or as an expertly cut gem worn as jewelry, the powers of amethysts will guide you in your metaphysical quest.
|Amethyst Color||Light violet to deep red purple|
|Hardness Scale||7 on the Mohs scale|
|Symbolism||Wisdom, clarity of thought, and spiritual healing|
What is an amethyst
An Amethyst is a popular purple semi-precious quartz stone known for its ability to aid in spiritual healing.
What does an Amethyst look like
The purple color of the Amethyst gemstone is due to trace amounts of iron which affect the quartz crystal. Once crystalisation has occurred, radioactive properties in the rock emit gamma rays, irradiating the iron in the rock. Amethyst properties are almost exactly the same as other quartz crystals, the purple color is the only difference in their physical make up.
Amethyst colors are available in a range of purple tones, from a semi-transparent light violet with white striations, to a dark, almost opaque reddish purple. These days the lighter amethyst variety are used for calibrated stones, common in mass produced jewelry, while the darker, maroon gems are used for finejewelry. Amethysts should be stored in a dark place, such as a drawer or jewelry box, as the color is prone to fading when exposed to too much light, diminishing the amethyst value.
Amethysts can be heated to cause a color change, these yellow and golden quartz crystals are known as citrine.
History of the Amethyst
Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, from as far back as 25,000 BC, have been drawn to the healing properties of amethysts. The name is derived from the Greek word Amethystos, translated to not intoxicate, as the ancient Greeks would wear the stone to prevent them from becoming intoxicated.
Meaning of the Amethyst gemstone
The ancient Greeks recognised amethysts as an antidote for drunkenness. Throughout the centuries this association with clear thinking, contemplation and an overall sense of control over the wearer’s life, have prevailed. Amethysts are now also associated with intuition, spirituality and clairvoyance, guiding the wearer in their spiritual awakening.
Where does Amethyst come from
Amethysts naturally occur in South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Myanmar, France, Canada and the United States.
Amethysts can be found within metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and in the fractures and cavities of igneous rocks. Known as amethyst geodes, they are characterized by large rocks filled with amethyst crystals. Large amounts of amethyst are found in the cavities of basalt flows in Brazil and Uruguay. These cavities can contain tons of amethyst crystals.
The value of Amethyst
There is much amethyst available in South America and Africa, and it can be harvested easily without the great costs of mining required for other gems. This keeps the amethyst price quite affordable. Gems of pure, dark purple, with no color zoning are preferred, making them the most valuable of the varieties. Inexpensive, amethyst jewelery can be worn everyday, and not just kept for special occasions.
Synthetic amethyst has been manufactured since the 1970s. While it is cheaper, it does not hold the spiritual healing properties that authentic amethysts do.
Frequently asked questions about amethysts
Like other crystals and semi-precious stones, amethyst meaning has long been thought of as an instrument of spiritual healing as well as an aid in meditation. They are associated with the crown chakra and its ability to link the physical and metaphysical world.
Amethyst benefits physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
They are said to be an immune booster, assisting in deep, undisturbed sleep and a pain relief for migraines, headaches and insomnia.
They are known to reduce negative energy, aid in intuition and awakening the third eye (also called the mind’s eye), a feminine energy providing the power of perception beyond ordinary sight. It is also said to balance and calm the mind.
Amethysts are associated with wisdom, both insights about yourself as well as spiritual wisdom, allowing you to advance in along your personal journey. Amethysts also offer a clarity of thought and peace, as they are associated with spiritual healing.
The amethyst gemstone is believed to protect against negative energy, headaches, nightmares and insomnia.