Amethyst is a purple variety of Quartz that has become one of the most popular and well-known crystals in the mineral kingdom. Amethyst gains its color from gamma irradiation and trace amounts of Iron. This crystal gained its name from the Greek word "Amethystos" which translates to "not intoxicated". This stone is given special names depending on its formation or locality, including Rwanda Amethyst and Chevron Amethyst . Most of the world's supply of Amethyst currently comes out of Brazil and Uruguay. Specimens in both these South American countries have been found as tall as small buildings and can sell for millions of dollars! Each year it seems as though a new Amethyst deposit is found in a faraway country. It's anyone's guess as to where the next discovery will be!
When Amethyst is heated to more than 300-400 degrees its purple turns into a bright orange and is incorrectly sold as Citrine. Beware of purchasing brightly colored Citrine pieces from untrusted sellers!
In Greek lore, Amethyst appeared as a young virgin who was traveling to worship at the Temple of Diana. During her journey, she was approached by Bacchus, the god of wine, fertility, and agriculture. He became enraged when she declined his advance and summoned two tigers to pounce on her. At that exact moment, the goddess Diana emerged and encased Amethyst in a massive Quartz crystal for her protection. Upon seeing her encapsulated in this gleaming crystal, Bacchus denounced his actions and poured his glass of wine over Amethyst, coating the clear quartz crystal with a purple glow.
In many ancient texts, Amethyst is regarded as a stone that when worn, allows the user to avoid intoxication. However, there is speculation that the reason this myth came about was due to a misidentification. Some believe that the Amethyst was actually Red Garnet. When this "Amethyst" was used as a serving glass, the clear water that was poured into it would turn red like wine (due to the reddish runoff). This liquid would create an illusion to others as though the consumer was drinking wine yet could avoid intoxication.
Amethyst is a multidimensional stone that offers a range of energetic uses. Its protective bubble helps one maintain mental clarity and physical energy. We recommend starting your meditations with gratitude while offering yourself up to the purple rays from this remarkable stone. Begin channeling your own energy with that of Amethyst's and remind your auric field to accept the love around you. As you work with this stone, one will feel a sense of warmth and gratitude surrounding them. This is due to them knowing that they are finally in a safe place where they can feel once again.
Amethyst allows our consciousness to connect with energies at a much higher frequency than we would normally each day. Most of these energies are multidimensional and can assist one in raising their own personal intuitive levels. This is vital for anyone looking to release the daily weight and stress that we place on ourselves. In the moment, one is simply looking for comfort rather than evolving (especially on a spiritual level). With Amethyst's energies, one's intuition awakens and moves to the forefront of your mind. In the moment, we may not know what exactly is right for us, but that feeling within (and that thought that cannot be shaken) is always our consciousness making the right decision. This ability separates those who are willing to grow and accept change and those who cannot undergo stress and discomfort.
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