Jul 10, 2023
Amethyst is the birthstone for Pisces from February 19 through to March 20.
The natural birthstone for Amethyst is winter solstice (November 21 - December 20).
People give and receive Amethyst to mark their 6th or 17th wedding anniversary.
Color: light lavender and lilac with pink undertones all the way up to deep plums, violets, and raspberries with hints of red and blue and even some rich brown versions.
Amethyst is the official gemstone for the province of Ontario.
Amethyst links with the planet of Uranus and the mythical god of the sky and heavens.
The use of Amethyst’s in rudimentary jewelry can be traced back to the Neolithic period approximately 4,000 BC. Amethyst is referenced in the Bible (Exodus 28:19; 39:12) as being one of the 12 stones adorning the breastplate (ḥoshen) of the high priests of Yahweh. It is also mentioned in the Old Testament as one of the twelve stones that represent the twelve tribes of Israel. It was also one of the twelve gemstones adorning the breastplate of the high priest Aaron brother of Moses (Exodus 39).
Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed.
Amethyst can also be found in the British Crown Jewels and is said to have been a personal favorite of Catherine the Great. In-fact purple has long been considered a royal color and in the past purple was so difficult to produce that only royalty or the extraordinarily rich could afford it.
The name Amethyst is said to come from the Greek word "amethystos," meaning "not drunken." History tells us that wealthy lords who wanted to stay sober would have their drinking glasses or goblets made from Amethyst.
Some believe the semi-precious gem's violet hue originates from Dionysus, an ancient god who chastised an innocent virgin. The Goddess Diana in response to the distraught virgin's prayers, turned her into a shimmering stone to protect her from this misplaced wrath. Then after realizing the mistake and unnecessary anger, Dionysus shed blood-red wine tears of repentance which soaked into the glittering pale white stone and gave it a gentle purple hue.
Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that Amethyst quickens intelligence and helped to dissipate evil thoughts.
Amethyst is the most valuable crystal in the quartz family. Its chemical classification is silicon dioxide (SIO2). Other famous Quartz varieties include Citrine, Prasiolite, Smokey Quartz, Rose Quartz, Onyx, Agate, and Jasper.
The lovely purple of Amethyst comes from iron oxide in the quartz, irradiation, and trace/transition metals. Amethyst has more iron (Fe2O3) than any other variety of quartz, and experts believe that its color arises from its iron content.
It is a hard, durable gemstone measuring 7 on the Mohs scale. In its rough state, Amethyst often forms in long prismatic crystals, making it ideal for cutting.
One of the largest Amethyst mines in the world is in Maissau in Austria, which is open to the public!
Siberia once produced the finest amethyst crystals in a particular rich purple color that was fired by red and blue flashes. Unfortunately, the closure of these mines has meant Siberian Amethyst now only refers to the color not the source.
‘Rose de France’ Amethyst is becoming increasingly more popular and is defined by its light shade of the purple, reminiscent of a lavender/lilac shade.
The highest-grade amethyst (called "Deep Russian") is exceptionally rare.
Today Amethyst is still one of the most expensive and desired varieties of Quartz. Fine grade Amethyst can be found in Brazil, Zambia and most recently an exquisite distinctive variety was discovered in Morocco.
Some amethysts are heat-treated to be sold as citrine, which is the yellow variety of quartz. They usually have a deep yellow, almost brown color.
In Metaphysical Terms
Amethyst in metaphysical terms can help you see things clearly and not be clouded by anger or emotions, thus allowing you to calmly deal with any problems or issues you may be experiencing.
Amethyst is often used in Feng Shui, in the Knowledge & Wisdom area (Northeast area). Where it works to reduce stress, increase self-love, enhance meditation, and promote healthy sleep. It can also be used in Feng Shui to improve energy flow in almost any area.
Amethyst is believed to have healing and meditative powers, and is thought to purify the mind, body, and spirit, helping to realign the chakras.
For centuries traditional Tibetan prayer beads have been made from amethyst and are used to purify the mind in preparation for meditation.
It is linked to the crown chakra or third eye, and thanks to its potent properties, bridges the divine with the physical world. Thus, it brings about enlightenment, in contrast to blocked perceptions that might otherwise cause anxiety, depression, or cynicism.
Amethyst is associated with rest, recovery, insomnia and aids a good night's sleep. It is also believed to aid the healthy regeneration of cells and a balanced hormone system within the body. It is also believed to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Amethyst will keep you grounded and focused on your own path, instead of becoming bogged down with other people's stresses and worries!
Amethyst is a stone of protection, shielding the body from psychic attack and transmuting negative energy into the energy of love.
Used at work Amethyst will boost your mental concentration.
In the Love Amethyst will provide a calm and relaxing atmosphere along with loving emotions.
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