Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz, quite possibly the most popular stone among collectors. A semiprecious stone with a glassy luster, its color tone ranges from light violet to a deep, darker purple, depending on where it’s mined. By far, it’s probably one of the most beautiful crystal quartz in the world. Having been around since 25,000 BC, ancient civilizations have been drawn to the stone’s beauty, both psychically as well as metaphysically. This tradition carries to this day.
Spiritually, amethyst is said to be a very spiritual gemstone, known for opening your crown chakra as well as keeping your mind in a very calm state. If you need a break from the everyday chaos in your life, it may be a crystal to help ease your mind. If you’re in need of a gemstone that’s soothing to the body, mind, and soul, then it’s one to highly consider bringing into your world.
The meaning of amethyst has differed throughout history and cultures, however, one thing is for certain that it has always had a positive impact.
Throughout history, it had a variety of meanings, from protection and security to a sign of royalty. For example, during wars in ancient times, soldiers wore amethyst as a way to protect themselves throughout the war. Others also wore it because they thought it would calm their mind.
Below is an example of what cultures perceived amethyst to be:
Britain: Mainly, the royal family wore amethyst as a sign of royalty and power. Commonly, the color purple is a sign of wealth and power.
Buddhism: Buddhists often linked amethyst with Buddha and was used as a meditation stone.
Catholicism: Bishops would wear the stone to protect themselves from being drunk. Rings were also worn as a way of protection.
Christianity: The deep purple was seen as a sign of Christ’s agony in the crucifixion.
Egypt: Historically, Egyptians would use amethyst to create jewelry and amulets, which were worn mainly as a source of “protection.”
Rome: Romans thought that amethyst would help protect them from drunkenness if they drank from their wine cup fastened with amethyst.
Amethyst crystal properties and uses
Calmness: At a minimum, amethyst is said to bring a sense of calmness to an already chaotic lifestyle. If you want to feel grounded and comforted, amethyst may be able to bring a soothing uplifting feeling. Amethyst is said to help center your emotions, aiding you in a way to avoid feeling overwhelmed with emotions. Spiritual healers often recommend this very crystal to those who want to live in the now and not fear the unknown. It’s mainly known as a calming stone, which can help bring you to a collected state of mind, especially if you feel as if you’re going to “rage.” If you’re finding your blood pressure rising while in a relationship and/or with family, amethyst can level your head, all while giving you that peace of mind.
Grief: Amethyst is also closely associated with death. While it’s okay to grieve this darkness, amethyst reminds us to have balance. It’s a way to celebrate the memories, without having to hold these thoughts forever in your heart. It may be able to help bring emotional stability and inner strength to your life.
Inspiration: It’s a crystal that’s said to help inspire your life. When your mind is calm and isn’t cloudy, it can encourage you to spark a creative interest.
Meditation: Amethyst is also said to be a helpful mediation stone, as it can encourage restful sleep as well as help you think deeply about your past life. When you meditate, you can follow your path to pursue the dreams you have dreamt of.
Choices: If you’re the type that can’t make decisions, then Amethyst may give you the power to make the right choice. We all know that life can throw us challenges, sometimes leaving us in a situation where nothing makes sense. If you’re unsure as to where to turn, amethyst can remind you that with the right sight and wisdom, you can figure out the right path to choose.
Sobriety: Historically, while not proven, it was worn as a way to enhance sobriety. When worn, it allows the person to have a sober mind in cases of over drinking or staying sober in case a situation may lead to addictions.
NOTE: To potentially take advantage of this stone, you will want to wear it against your skin when possible so that you be connected to the energy of the gemstone.
Amethyst stone benefits
- brings a sense of calmness and serenity to your chaotic life
- helps you grieve, while bringing emotional stability to your life
- may spark a creative interest
- give you the power to make the right choice
Amethyst spiritual meaning
Spiritually, amethyst may be able to help connect you to the wider world, keeping your ears open to intently listen to the messages that the universe wants to share with you. Since it’s connected to the crown chakra, amethyst may be able to connect with your intuition all while working on your inner wisdom.
Historically, it’s also said to be associated with spiritual awareness and inner peace believed to promote your spiritual growth. It’s one of the reasons it’s a popular meditation and spiritual stone.
Amethyst is closely associated with the third eye chakra as it’s said to bridge the gap between physical and spiritual realms. The third eye is said to be one of the most powerful intuitive tools, helping you increase your intuition skills. As everyone has a gift of intuition, per se, it’s all in how they use it and this very crystal may help. Amethyst is said to help harness this intuition power, potentially granting you a better sixth sense. It’s also a way as to how we perceive reality and how we open the door to step out into spiritual enlightenment. The unique this is that the color of amethyst is the same color as that of a third eye chakra. If your third eye is blocked, then you may feel a sense of anxiety or even feel a heaviness on your soul, as if something isn’t right. By unblocking this chakra, you can feel the flow naturally awaken, sparking your soul yet again.
Aside from the third eye chakra, amethyst is also associated with the crown chakra. This is the center of consciousness and where people receive messages from the universe. When this chakra is untapped, there may be a blockage, giving you that feeling as if you’re not connected to the world around you. This can often happen when you let your ego get the in the way. However, when your third eye chakra is open, you can feel a sense of openness and balance, giving you a deeper connection to everything around you.
Amethyst birthstone and zodiac
Amethyst is connected to the Pisces sign as it’s associated with the month of February. In fact, it’s the traditional and modern birthstone for February. As amethyst is a mellow energy, it’s the perfect match for Pisces.
Can amethyst go in water?
Water shouldn’t cause much damage to amethyst as it’s a seven on the Mohs scale. While you shouldn’t allow it to settle in water for days, it’s okay to rinse it here and there. Try to avoid salt water and keeping it submerged for a long time.
How is amethyst formed?
As the magma within the volcanic rock cools, it can solidify into an igneous rock, and this entire process can take millions of years. Slowly over time, groundwater will seep into the cracks of the now solidified magma, depositing silica and other minerals. As this continues, silica-rich material can form, such as quartz. To create amethyst, the right amount of elements, such as iron and aluminum, must be present to create the purple color you see today. It’s the iron that gives the stone the purple color, while the “color tone” will depend on the presence of the other trace elements. As the millions of years progress, the earth’s surface can weather and erode, resulting in the exposure of these amethyst deposits. Keep in mind that this is a very slow process, which can take millions of years.
Where is amethyst found?
Amethyst is found all around the world, but some of your most popular spots include Brazil, Uruguay, France, Morocco and Canada, to name a few. Your biggest deposits will be found in South America, whereas the second largest is found in North America and Africa.
Most notable locations include Vera Cruz, Mexico; Minas Gerais, Brazil; Thunder Bay, Canada; and Uruguay.
How to cleanse amethyst
Like most gemstones, amethyst is very sensitive to most cleaning solutions, so it’s always best to avoid using any harsh chemicals. To cleanse amethyst, it’s best to use a mild soap/detergent and water. Use a soft-bristled brush and lightly, without pressure, to cleanse your stone. As mentioned, water is okay, but it’s best not to submerge it in water for a long duration. Immediately after washing, allow it to air dry.
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