Amethyst is the most glorious and gorgeous of all semiprecious stones in the category. Belonging to the quartz family of stones, Amethyst is adored for its strong violet color. The name Amethyst has been coined from the Greek word ‘amethystos’ meaning ‘prevention of intoxication’. It is believed to have a spectacular and miraculous impact on the wearer’s emotional and physical well-being. Hence it is strongly recommended by healing practitioners and Reiki masters not just in today’s time but for centuries now. It draws massive demand in the jewelry business both in India and abroad, only second to rubies and sapphires.
Just like the intriguing hues of Amethyst stones, the narratives about the occurrence of this beautiful stone are equally interesting. The most famous tale around Amethyst is how the Greeks came to this name. Ancient Greeks were too much into alcohol, which in turn played around with their health and familial lives. Consequently, they believed this stone had the properties to push them away from drinks towards intoxication and hence the name Amethyst. On the other hand, Romans regarded Amethyst as symbolic of their water-god Neptune and associated it with February. Therefore, Amethyst is also assumed to work wonders for those looking for love and passion. Egyptians were yet another set of ardent believers of the magic of Amethyst stones. For them this stone could protect people from the black evil eye, attacks, and robbery, defeating enemies, and also enhancing physical fitness. It didn’t let fatigue and illness grab the wearer. For fellow Hebrews, Amethyst finds a place amongst the foundation stones of the New Jerusalem culture. The Tibetans regard these stones as pious Buddhist symbols and make prayer beads out of them. Also in many a other culture around the world, Amethyst stones were deeply valued as having astronomical influences on a person’s life and achievements and were also used as offerings to gods while worshiping.
As mentioned earlier, Amethyst is derived from Quartz stones and is deep purple. These can either be found as single, large-sized crystals; or as long line-like structures. It has a solid structure with a hardness just apt for making ornaments ranging from finger rings to necklaces. It derives its soothing yet illustrious purple color from iron and manganese content in Quartz that results in forming crystals. The Amethyst stones are available in hues ranging from dark purple to light lavender, opaque red-violet, or even transparent pale-violet. The deposits of Amethyst are found all across the world. The largest fields are present in Brazil, Siberia, Uruguay, and Sri Lanka. Some reasonable deposits have also been discovered in United States, Austria, Russia, African Zambia, and South Korea. Apart from these natural occurrences, Amethysts have now also developed synthetically in labs using X-Rays and other radiations for usage in watches and other industries. These stand strong with the same durability and properties, only reducing the cost of the original natural crystals.
Many people around the world are fond of wearing Amethyst as rings, earrings, necklaces, or using them as crystals in homes and offices for -
Wearing Amethyst stones is known to bring out emotional calm and peace to a disturbed soul. It heals the suffering and pain of the wearer and brings about positivity.
This natural birthstone of February is associated with St Valentines’ and is believed to bring about strong passion, desire, and love in the wearer. It truly works magic on relations of the heart.
In many cases, Amethyst stones are used to awaken the chakras or the ‘third eye’ that is responsible for bringing about bodily balance, generate strength and inner consciousness.
These stones can also be used to develop spirituality, positivity, and drive success.