The Meaning Of Amethyst
Amethyst is one of the most famous and prominent crystals because of its beautiful coloration as well as its spiritual and literal meaning.
The spiritual meaning of Amethyst is groundedness, tranquility, and calm. The literal meaning of Amethyst is “not intoxicated” – its name translates from the Greek word améthystos.
To this ancient, wise culture, the Amethyst crystal was of the utmost importance, and the myth associated with it still lives on inside it to this day.
You can immediately feel peace of mind by simply looking at this brilliant crystal. In fact, its radiant purple and white colors have represented the sobriety of emotions and spirit throughout history.
By placing Amethyst on your forehead, navel or heart, you can immediately sense the angers, frustrations, and furies leaving your body.
Physical Properties Of Amethyst
One of the very few stones with its unique purple coloration, Amethyst is a variety of Quartz. It contains iron and other trace minerals within its structure. Its hardness is a 7 on the Mohs scale and comparable to Quartz.
Amethyst can be found all over the world. With some of the most precious deposits being in Greece, Italy, the Middle East, Brazil, Uruguay, and North Africa.
Today, laboratories can easily produce Amethyst, just like most other quartz crystals.
Metaphysical Properties Of Amethyst
Being such a prominent crystal, Amethyst possesses a multitude of beneficial metaphysical properties.
The metaphysical properties of Amethyst are calmness, balance, and peace. People also use it to eliminate impatience.
Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone that works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes.
The appreciation for Amethyst stretches so far back into history because it has been so present all over the world. It’s clear why so many cultures have come to hold this stone in the highest respect.
Much of this is to do with the color of Amethyst obviously. Nobility and regal bearing have been associated with purple for the longest time. And because of this, Amethyst has a certain luxurious quality.
It might not be as expensive as many other of the world’s most precious gemstones. But Amethyst gems still make for captivating jewelry and decorations.
There is no problem with using laboratory-grown Amethyst. The only reason against this would be if you wanted to use a piece of Amethyst that comes from a special place. One that may have personal meaning to you.
As long as you are actually buying real Amethyst, and not just purple-colored glass, the metaphysical properties are the same. And laboratory Amethyst sidesteps the problems with worker safety that many mined gemstones face.
Varieties Of Amethyst
- Amethyst Quartz: this variant is a mix of Milky Quartz and Amethyst, having both of these crystals colors (purple and white).
- Ametrine: a mix of Amethyst and Citrine, as its name suggests, it displays both of these crystal’s colors (purple and yellow).
- Cactus Quartz: found in South Africa, this variant has its name from its cactus-like appearance. It’s a bigger crystal that is overgrown by smaller crystals.
- Canadian Amethyst: found in Ontario Canada, this variety of Amethyst has a Hematite coating under its surface.
- Lavender Amethyst: the purple color of this Amethyst variant is a bit less strong, giving it a pale or ‘lavender’ appearance.
- Veracruz Amethyst: this variety of Amethyst has its name from the location it is mined from – Veracruz in Mexico – and comes in the form of big and prismatic crystals.
There are many stones that can enhance psychic powers (such as Tigers Eye) and many more that are used to improve emotional intelligence. But the number of stones that you can use to have specific positive effects on the intellect is much rarer.
It is also the traditional gift for a couple’s 33rd wedding anniversary because 33 is the number of divine protection.
Psychics, mediums, and other divination practitioners also still hold Amethyst’s worth in high regard. They often decorate sacred altars and spaces with its incomparably beautiful violet designs.
Amethyst will surely remain one of the most spiritually rich crystals of all time.