Amethyst is a beautiful rich purple gemstone that is closely associated with royalty and nobility. Deep purple colors with rose flashes are the most valuable and evoke passionate emotions that make a statement that the individual is not afraid to express their unique tastes. Amethyst is a symbol of security and sincerity, gives peace of mind and is eye-catching in jewelry, pendants and bracelets.
In its purest form amethyst is colorless and is found in abundance. It is also common to find purple together with stones that evoke a distinguished blueish and reddish purple hue although Amethysts that is medium to medium dark in tone and vivid in intensity are the finest in quality. Heating removes the natural color of amethyst gemstones and brings out a yellow citrine color which is most used for commercial sale.z
Varieties: Another variety, and much rarer type of Amethyst stone, is Oriental amethyst, otherwise known as “purple sapphire.” It is not quartz, but a variety of corundum, a much harder and rarer stone.
The Healing Qualities of Amethyst Stone: Amethyst carries a high percentage of healing vibrations, but should be kept close to the body. It is particularly useful for curing headaches and improving blood sugar imbalance.
Types of Amethyst Used for Healing: The best amethyst gemstones to use for healing purposes are prasiolite or the Green Amethyst, although pink, lavender and pure violet and purple stones are also very effective. Even though the color is manipulated in commercial yellow amethyst they retain their strong healing vibrations and will still work for healing.
Amethyst Mystical Powers:
Amethyst magnifies psychic abilities together with right-brain activity which helps you absorb information like a sponge. In Greek mythology drinking wine from a Amethyst goblet prevented inebriation. The stone is associated with sobriety and is said to clear your head of unwanted thoughts. It is also linked with age-old superstitions and protects against thieves whilst being considered as something of a love charm – a contradiction in terms if someone steals your heart! Place an amethyst under your pillow at night and you will be assured a good night´s sleep.
The Amethyst is still as popular today as it was in ancient times. It was believed to encourage celibacy and thus was predominantly used to decorate church ornaments in Middle-Ages and is still commonly worn by modern day bishops. The origins of the gemstone derive from Greek legend in which the Goddess Diana turned the beautiful maiden Amethyst into a beautiful quartz statue to protect her from tigers. Bacchus, the God of wine, was so overcome with remorse that when his tears touched the stone they turned a vibrant purple color. The amethyst gemstone is considered of great importance within royal families throughout history and can be traced back to ancient Egypt and Catherine the Great.
The Name’s Origin: The name of the Amethyst stone derives from the Greek word “amethystos” which basically means “not drunk,” suggesting the stone prevents the owner from becoming drunk. The name is also found in Middle English word “amatist,” which derives from the ancient French language and also means not be intoxicated.
Care and Treatment: The sun charges the colors of amethyst and is best kept in daylight on the window sill. However, aggressive heat will taint its natural color so if it is embedded in jewelry that requires heat repair the stone should be removed. To clean amethyst use soapy water and a soft bristle brush. Avoid contact with chemicals.
Amethyst Around the World: Amethyst is commonly found in the South American countries of Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina and together with Sri Lanka, Siberia, Canada, India, and some African countries, most notably, Zambia.
The Ideal Gift: Amethyst is an ideal gift for teenagers who are different from the mainstream and are trying to express their alternative views and find their identity. If you know somebody who suffers from diabetes or migraine, amethyst will offer relief for the complaint and if you have a friend who needs luck with finding love, they will welcome a gift of amethyst.