Amethyst is the flag bearer for the Quartz family of gemstones, which also includes Citrine and Prasiolite. The gem perfectly showcases all that this mineral has to offer, across a variety of hues from delicate light pinks to deep dark purples. Known for having eye clean clarity in many specimens and for being readily available in generous carat weights, Amethyst remains one of the most popular gemstones on the market. With a fascinating history and so much colour.
Amethyst is rich in history, dating back to Ancient Greeks and Romans, Egyptian royalty, Chinese Philosophy and early civilizations of Mexico and South America. It was once regarded as the ‘Gem of fire’, a precious stone, and was worth as much as a diamond! The Playboy of the Ancient Greek world Bacchus and an innocent maiden named Amethyst give historic legend to the Crystal is known for its properties of anti-addiction and sobriety.
Bacchus sent tigers upon Amethyst in a drunken rage and just as the tiger went to bite down Amethyst was turned swiftly into a Crystal. The Tigers lost some teeth and Bacchus lost his mojo and, in his remorse, swore to Amethyst he would no longer overindulge. Amethyst is now highly regarded as a stone to remind us to treat our body and mind as a sacred space too! The name amethyst translates in Greek to, “not drunken.” An ancient Greek myth explains this seemingly odd name. According to the myth, the god Bacchus was angry and had vowed to descend a hoard of tigers upon the first person who crossed his path. Amethyst was on her way to give thanks at the shine of the god Diana when she happened upon Bacchus. Before the tigers could eat Amethyst, she was saved by Diana, who turned her into a clear crystal. Bacchus, remorseful for the fate he had so recklessly caused the girl, poured the juice of grapes over the stone as an offering, and thus bestowed the crystal with its unique purple colouring. The Greeks gave Amethyst crystal meaning, perpetuating a belief that it could inhibit the intoxication of all who wore it. In the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, Amethyst meaning is quite different. Amethyst properties are not of sobriety, but of wealth in this ancient harmonizing technique. If placed in the wealth corner, amethyst can amplify the flow of prosperity into the home.
s the birthstone of February and is the official gemstone for Wednesday. It is also the official gemstone for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. The gem features a trigonal crystal system. Amethyst occurs in many shades, from a light, slightly lavender pinkish to a deep purple similar to that of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Amethyst can also be slightly pleochroic, which means that when light hits the gem, shades of different colours such as reds and blues can be seen from different angles. The colour comes from iron impurities within the stone, without which it would be colourless. The amount of iron within each stone determines how deep the colour is.
takes many different formations including geodes, clusters, tumbled stone and rock. In nature, it sometimes forms in combination with other minerals. The best way to judge the quality is to look at how deep the hue of purple is. Every continent in the world produces its own variety of Amethyst, therefore it is a very common choice for a first stone.
Uruguay by both history and practice continues to yield some of the world’s finest Amethyst. Uruguayan Amethyst’s beauty is primarily determined by colour with the most valuable gemstones being deep-toned, transparent, pure purple with desirable blue and/or red flashes. Uruguayan Amethyst displays an even, deep purple colour with blue and red facet flashes, good brilliance, and an attractive lustre, key quality considerations that are accentuated by optimal lapidary and an eye-clean clarity, the highest quality clarity grade for coloured gemstones. Uruguayan Amethyst also displays an attractive colour shift (a colour change where the two colours are near each other on the colour wheel) from purple in sunlight or candescent light, to pink in candlelight or incandescent light.
Amethyst is such an amazing stone that grows with other crystals and can grow in different colours, it can range from green to pink to even smoky Amethyst, and not to forget Citrine the heat-treated Amethyst.
Amethyst can be known to grow with many types of inclusions or can be part of another crystal such as super seven. Super Seven is made up of Amethyst, clear quartz, smoky quartz and rutilated quartz, Goethite and cacoxenite. Super Seven can help you to elevate your journey to the next level by opening your eyes to new perspectives and generating fresh ideas. Through the purification process, super seven crystals will align and bring harmony to your mental, physical and spiritual spaces.
Amethyst has come to be known as a power crystal with prolific healing powers which can be characterized as purifying, pacifying and transitional. Amethyst has been associated with the ability to transform lower energies into higher ones and to act as a healer at all levels of mind, body and spirit.
Amethyst is an extremely soothing stone and is good for psychic and spiritual development, bereavement and letting go of unhealthy thought or behaviour patterns. It is powerfully healing and cleansing and can be used to block geopathic stress and negative energies in the environment, especially when a cluster is used. It is helpful in assisting sleep and relieving headaches, strengthens the endocrine and immune systems, acts as a pain reliever, and is a good all-around healing crystal. Helping to boost the immune system by stimulating blood flow and circulation, Amethyst is excellent for treating bacterial infections and can also be used to help those suffering from skin conditions and acne. People suffering from addictions and allergies may gain relief from Amethyst. Amethyst is extremely relaxing and helps calm the mind, thus relieving stress, and can be used by anyone who is feeling down or generally low.
There are several different varieties of Amethyst, each with its own Meaning.
Pink Amethyst: While this crystal carries many of the same energies as amethyst, the pale hue of Pink Amethyst includes additional properties that will surround you with sweet, loving energy. Just as your skin needs lotion, your mind needs relaxation. Indulge in a moment of rest, recovery and relief by connecting to the energy of Pink Amethyst. Its loving energy massages away tension that has built up, and restores your sense of peace
Chevron Amethyst: it is Amethyst that has bands of white quartz, It has all the healing properties of Amethyst and also a few additional qualities: Banded Amethyst is excellent for working with the third eye and stimulating the third eye chakra. It can enhance intuition and is a powerful stone for dissipating and repelling negativity. It has a cleansing effect on the aura.
A prasiolite stone, also known as Green Amethyst, is a very powerful spiritual stone. It helps to further your spiritual growth, enhancing your spiritual practice and ideals in your everyday life. The prasiolite meaning fosters compassion, self-acceptance and self-honour to ignite love and compassion within your heart. The prasiolite healing properties are also powerful for clearing negative energy from your mind, body and spirit.