What is Amethyst?
Amethyst, like all of the Quartz Family, is a 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making it hard, glasslike and unbendable. It has basically the same chemical composition, atomic structure and physical properties of Quartz.
Amethyst is the most desirable form of Quartz because of its attractive purple color. Iron and Aluminum inclusions in the Quartz give Amethyst its brilliant purple color. The possible presence of Aluminum may give the Amethyst a smoky color. Iron minerals Goethite and Hematite are often found included in Amethyst.
Amethyst is formed in vugs in hydrothermal Quartz veins. Vugs are small cavities in a rock. These cavities are formed when gas bubbles into hollow flowing lava. The cavities then fill up with silica-rich liquid which contains iron. Over long periods of time, this liquid forms Amethyst crystals. Natural radiation in the ground causes the iron to give Amethyst its purple color.
Amethyst may fade in the sunlight, so keep it in indirect light. Its colors may be restored by X-ray radiation.
You will find Amethyst in Brazil, Zambia, South Africa, Uruguay and India.
Amethyst has been used as a precious gem stone since ancient times. It is one of the first stones used by man to protect warriors, cure hunters, protect from diseases and control bad thoughts. It was referred to in Ancient Egypt sources. In Greek mythology, Amethyst comes from the word “amethostos” meaning “not drunken” and was believed that the stone could preserve the owner from hard drinking. In Roman mythology, Amethyst is associated with the wine-growing god, Bacchus and was considered to bring pacification, calm nerves and a resistance to quarrels. Chinese medicine men and women ground Amethyst to alleviate stomach pains and ward off bad dreams. In Christianity, Amethyst symbolized self-sacrifice, purity, chastity and modesty. In Catholic countries the stone was used to decorate icons, alters, crosses and given as a ring to cardinals during their ordination. Amethyst was the stone of Buddha and is still popular in prayer beads, especially in Tibet. In North Africa, medicine men and women used Amethyst as a rain stone, dropping it into water for their ceremonies.
Types of Amethyst
Ametrine shows a combination of purple Amethyst and yellow Citrine. When Amethyst is subjected to heat, either naturally or induced, it turns into a yellow Citrine. When the heating is uneven, patches of purple Amethyst and yellow Citrine within one stone make up the highly sought Ametrine. The combination of purple and yellow is ideal for strengthening the nerves, balancing anxiety, fear and nervousness. Use Ametrine to balance the Crown and Solar Plexus Chakras. Energetically, Ametrine helps repair damage to the DNA, organs and relieves tension.
A purple crystal with white bands, usually seen in zig-zag formations. Most popularly found in India and Russia.
A green toned Amethyst.Selectite
A Chalcedony center surrounded by small Amethyst points. These are rare and highly prized by collectors.Flower
Rare formations of small, thin and long Amethyst points all attached to each other from a common center, like a flower.
Energetically – Amethyst is known as the Stone of Spirituality
- Amethyst is the “all-healer” – great for people, animals, plants, other crystals and distant healing.
- Amethyst is used to ease addictions.
- Use Amethyst at the Crown and Third Eye chakras to access intuition and spiritual connections to higher forces. It clears the mind for spiritual understanding.
- Amethyst is a very popular meditation stone due to its high vibrations and connection to the upper chakras; accelerating psychic abilities, clairvoyance and clairaudience.
- Charge Amethyst in the moonlight for psychic energy healing.
- Make an Amethyst gem elixir to drink before bed for a peaceful sleep, during the day for restlessness and give to ill pets for energy.
- Rub Amethyst on your temples to counteract excessive eye strain.
- Plant Amethyst crystals in potted plants to restore their energies that have been depleted by noise and environmental pollution.
- Send Amethyst to a loved one who is moved away to relieve homesickness.
- Dowse with an Amethyst pendulum to help make every day decisions.
- Drink an Amethyst gem elixir to alleviate arthritis and detox the blood.
- Place an Amethyst geode facing the main entrance to your space to transmute any unwanted energies coming through the door.
- Place Amethyst on the Third Eye for past life work.
Divination with Amethyst
You may be feeling stress or exhaustion or experienced difficulties recently and need to give yourself gentle loving energies for balance.
Amethyst Mineral Facts
Surface Color: Purple
Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White
Group: Silicates (silicon + oxygen)
Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None
Fracture: Conchoidal (clam-like concave like when glass breaks)
Luster: Vitreous (glassy)
Transparency: Transparent to Translucent (allows light through the crystal but not fully transparent)
Crystal System: Hexagonal/Trigonal (3 equal axis @ 120’ to one another and a 4th axis perpendicular to the other three)
Crystal Habit: Crystals or Massive (hunks of stone)
Like most people, I am drawn by Amethyst’s beautiful purple allure. Personally I am attracted more to the darker Amethyst colors and like to use these when doing manifestation work. Although I have not personally gotten into meditation, this is the first crystal that comes to mind when people ask me about meditation stones. When I am feeling a little too grounded and need to see the “big picture,” I like to wear my large Amethyst heart which I have wire wrapped into a pendant. I also have a long, dark Amethyst necklace that I like to wear to combine fashion with spirituality.
If Amethyst was not so abundant, it would be a very expensive crystal. Its purple colors remind us of royalty and make stunning jewelry pieces. Amethyst jewelry is readily available and comes in different purple hues, raw, polished and faceted. Because it is relatively inexpensive and easy to find, everyone can enjoy this precious gemstone and its powerful healing qualities. At I Dig Crystals we create all kinds of jewelry, accessories and healing tools from genuine, dark to light Amethyst crystals.