Amethyst is a calming stone which provides wisdom, clarity, and focus. It can assist in obtaining creativity and intuition, and has long been used in the arts. It has also been used for support in indulgent behavior such as alcoholism, overeating, gambling, and more. Amethyst is used for protection from negative attacks, transforming bad energy into good. The stone may also assist with insomnia, and provide pleasant dreams.
Amethyst has a long history of use for spiritual support throughout various cultures. In some ancient periods, it has been equivalent to the value of a diamond. Ancient Greeks and Romans used this stone to enhance sobriety and to tame passion. Egyptians, Hebrews, and Eastern cultures all highly valued the amethyst properties for various vital needs.
Amethyst is a purple, often transparent variety of quartz. It appears in geode clusters, or as elongated crystals. What makes a quartz an amethyst is the presence of manganese and extra iron. These incredible gemstones range in purple hues from red-violet to pale lavender to deep purple, and may be translucent or opaque. Although amethyst is found around the world, including many parts of the U.S., the finest quality stones come from Siberia, the far East, Sri Lanka, and Brazil.
Like quartz, amethyst is a relatively hard stone, scoring a 7 on Mohs’ scale. So in addition to its beauty, it is especially popular for use in jewelry. It is possible to be scratched, but this is unlikely, as long as it is not abused. Amethyst may be cleaned in warm water and soap.
Love amethyst? Me too – my favorite stone! Take a look at an amethyst copper bracelet I made, which is wrapped around a dark purple amethyst with amethyst accents. There is also an amethyst pendant wrapped in silver, and silver half-hoop earrings with amethyst.