Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones for a reason. Amethyst is a purple-hued quartz stone that's durable, beautiful, and full of beneficial energy. Amethyst is cut into stone or tumbled to make beads for all types of jewelry, and some people use uncut amethyst crystals for healing and energy work.
Amethyst quartz comes in shades ranging from orchid to grape to indigo. Amethyst stones may also be banded with creamy lines of white. The stone has been used for thousands of years, and both British and Russian royal families have included amethyst jewelry pieces in their collections of historic treasures.
What the Name "Amethyst" Means
The lavender-colored stone gets its name due to the ancient belief that it kept people from getting too drunk on wine. "Methy" is a Greek word meaning inebriation from alcohol consumption, and this term makes up the root of the amethyst's name.
Amethyst is the birthstone of people born in February. The gem is associated with the crown or "bliss" chakra, which is also purple in color.
Where Amethyst Crystals Are Mined
Amethyst quartz is found in volcanic rocks and igneous stone deposits. It is also found in smaller amounts in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Amethyst deposits occur throughout the world, from the United States to Africa.
Brazil and Uruguay contain many large amethyst deposits that are economically significant. The vast amount of amethyst from these South American mines helps to keep the crystals and stones affordable and available.
Other significant amethyst mining takes place in Canada, Mexico, Pakistan, and Finland. Smaller deposits are found in Russia, the European Alps, Nigeria, and South Africa.
How Amethyst Gets Its Color
You may be surprised to learn that amethyst gets its lovely color from radiation. When the amethyst is forming in rock, tiny amounts of iron are pulled into the growing crystal.
Once the crystal is formed, the radioactivity of the surrounding rock emits gamma rays. These rays cause the iron in the crystals to turn various shades of violet.
Why Your Crown Chakra Is Enhanced by Amethyst
Amethyst is known as an "air" element that provides calm and positivity to those who wear or use the stones or crystals. As The Tennessean reported in March, the stone is considered a calming material that also helps those struggling with substance abuse. Amethyst works to bring tranquility to your mind and your crown chakra so you can focus on healing any blockages that are holding you back from experiencing bliss.
Your seventh chakra is purple and is known as the crown chakra because it's at the very top of your head. The crown chakra is your personal connection to the divine. The crown chakra is also known as the bliss chakra because it aligns your mind with pure consciousness and wisdom.
When you open your crown chakra, you connect with your highest, best self. Because of the amazing potential of your seventh chakra to open you up to unlimited truth, many experts advise you to align the lower chakras first before attempting to align the topmost one. However, you should feel free to calm and center yourself whenever you feel the need. Use amethysts to enhance your crown chakra, even if you aren't at all convinced the rest of your chakras are in alignment.
Whenever you feel depressed, socially isolated, or emotionally challenged, there may be blockages in the crown chakra that are keeping you from attaining peace and accessing your higher consciousness. Amethyst helps to work through these blockages, so go ahead and work with the gem if it brings you serenity and positivity.
What Others Are Doing With Amethyst
Amethyst can be used by expectant mothers to keep them centered as they prepare for birth. The gemstone is thought to provide protection to both mother and unborn child. Thus, pregnant and laboring mothers use amethyst crystals, geodes, and jewelry during pregnancy and childbirth to feel as protected and serene as possible.
Amethyst is also thought to be a pain reliever, easing both physical and emotional suffering in those who wear the stone or work with it. People struggling with addiction use amethyst to remain positive and stay away from drugs and alcohol.
How to Care for Your Amethyst Pieces
Whether you have amethyst bracelets, prayer beads, or uncut crystals, they require some care. The stones, beads, or crystals should be kept away from bright sunlight.
Over time, intense ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun will fade the purple color in amethysts. While some stones fade more than others, it's difficult to know which amethysts will be most affected.
Amethyst is a relatively hard stone, with a Mohs hardness score of 7, but it can be scraped and scratched by tougher substances. Be careful when moving amethyst from a jewelry case or cabinet to avoid marring the surface.
Amethyst will also sometimes shatter or chip upon impact. It's best to remove amethyst jewelry when you'll be engaging in any activity where the stones or beads may be hit or banged against a harder material or surface.
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