Amethyst is the purple variety of the mineral Quartz. Its color varies in primary hues from a light, slightly pinkish violet to a deep, grape purple. The word “amethyst” or “amethystos” originated from Greek. It may be translated as “not drunken,” as the ancient Greeks considered them to be a strong antidote to drunkenness.
Amethyst is a highly sought-after semi precious gemstone. For centuries it have been widely used in the creation and encrustation of jewelry and everyday items. It is also the birthstone for the month of February.
Most often it is found in the market place as large faceted stones, small tumbled stones or natural gemstone points. However, Amethyst can also be found in geodes, cathedrals, and clusters. Cathedrals are massive hollow geodes that are packed with thousands of tiny crystals.
Amethyst is known as the “Stone of the Mind”. Throughout history it has been known to soothe the mind and emotions. In Roman times they were attached to goblets as they were thought to prevent and soothe drunkenness.
Metaphysically speaking, some people believe the benefits of amethysts include relaxing the mind, enhancing mental activity, and giving strength and willpower for following passions and resisting undesirable habits. Physically, these gems are thought by many to stabilise the metabolism, stimulate tissue rejuvenation, and increase the production of red corpuscles. Amethysts are sometimes used to treat blood-sugar level disorders and lapses in the immune system.
It is an amazingly beautiful stone and popular for anyone who works with crystals for spiritual purposes. It is Quartz that has structured with the presence of iron, which produces the beautiful purple color. Normally, it is quite lucid and may contain inclusions, rainbows, and clouding within the crystal.
Its attractive color makes it a popular preference for jewelry. When it forms physically, it may produce a combination of other crystals such as Citrine which is the orange variety of Quartz. Amethyst is also available in several forms and price ranges.
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