This violet purple crystal is a popular favourite, whether it comes as a polished gem or a large geode. The name Amethyst comes from the Greek word amethustos which means 'not drunken'. The Greeks would make goblets from Amethyst believing they would reduce the effects of the wine. Mythology says that the goddess Diana turned Amethysta into a gem to save her from an angry Bacchus who was about to set his tigers on her! Stating that all who were in her (Amethysta's) presence would show restraint. The use of Amethyst can be traced back as far as 25,000 BC to the Neolithic people.
Amethyst is composed of silicon dioxide and is a member of the quartz family. It's purple colouring is due to the amount of iron and trace minerals trapped within the crystal during formation. The crystal is then irradiate by the gamma rays emitted by the surrounding host rock and this turns the iron in the quartz a purple colour. The depth of colour can vary from pale violet to deep purple. Amethyst is a fairly small growing crystal and large points are rarely found, it forms within hollow cavities in rocks. Amethyst comes in many forms, from points and sceptres to larger rocks which form in veins and beautiful sparkly druzy found in geodes.
System - Hexagonal
Mohs - 7
Spiritual and Meditation
Amethyst is a stone of spiritual protection and purification, it's energies are calming and enlightening. Stimulating the crown chakra, Amethyst can draw the mind to a higher vibration, aiding meditation and the ability to receive guidance from higher spiritual realms.
Amethyst is said to encourage acceptance and brings a sense of peacefulness that can help you to let go of your attachments. Amethyst may also be useful for those who struggle within this physical earthly realm and feel that they really belong to another dimension, time or place. Working with this crystal in meditation can assist you in recognising which of your habits are causing you harm both physically and emotionally, and to understand the root causes of these destructive patterns. Amethyst then supports you as you do the work of discarding them.
Amethyst is perfect for the bedroom as it encourages a sense of peacefulness, but it is also a wonderful stone to place anywhere you are wishing to bring in a calming influence to the rooms vibration. You can try harnessing the mythology of Amethysta (see above) and place Amethyst between you and the vice you are trying to overcome (the wine rack, biscuit tin, devices etc) to remind you of your resolve to show restraint.
Elements - Water
Planets - Jupiter and Neptune
Zodiacs - Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces
Energy flow - Receptive
Use Amethyst to increase prophetic dreaming and ward off nightmares. Use in any work where you would like to open yourself up to higher guidance from other realms of existence.
The Amethyst found at Crystals and Stones is sourced from Brazil and Uruguay