Amethyst Origins and History
Amethyst is a violet variation of Quartz. It’s name has an amusing origin in Ancient Greece and means “no-intoxicated” which is a reference to their belief that Amethyst could prevent someone from becoming drunk. Many drinking chalices were decorated with Amethyst gemstones in the hopes that it would prevent the drinker from becoming intoxicated.
The Ancient Egyptians used Amethyst gemstones as decorations and jewelry as well. In Medieval days, European soldiers often Amethyst pendants and amulets into battle with the belief that it would protect them from danger and heal their wounds. They also thought that the stone would keep them calm in times of great stress.
Amethyst hues can vary from very pale pinkish purple all the way to a very deep violet. Depending on where on Earth the crystal comes from, it may have a grayish tone or be richer in color.
The most ideal Amethyst color is referred to as “Deep Siberian.” Amethyst only comes in varieties of purple and any stones that boast of being “green amethyst” or any other color are actually different stones being improperly named.
Since Amethyst is a variety of Quartz, it has the same hardness which makes it ideal for use in jewelry. It can be cut into gemstones or rounded and polished into cabochons or beads. Amethyst is also popular in geology collections as it is gorgeous in it’s natural crystal form found in geodes.
Amethyst Metaphysical Properties
Effected Areas of the Body:
- Nervous System
- Immune System
Effected Areas of the Spirit:
Effected Areas of your Emotions:
- Dreams and Ideas
- Coping with Loss
- Alleviate Stress
- Identifying Habits
Amethyst is a complex stone in terms of all it can do for one’s body, mind, and soul. Physically Amethyst is said to help a variety of areas by strengthening the immune system and reduce bruising and swelling. This violet stone is also believed to help with digestive issues and the stomach. Headaches from stress, tension, and anxiety are also said to be alleviated with Amethyst.
Amethyst is an all-around calming stone. It can also help with decision-making and identifying your habits and overcoming addictions. Amethyst is also said to open your mind up to new inspiration and dreams. Often amethyst is placed in areas of creative expression such as one’s studio or writing desk. It has been known as the Poet’s Stone.
When there is a personal loss as with the death of a loved one, Amethyst is said to help with coping and moving forward. It is also a stone that can help with accepting inevitable tragedy such as a terminal illness. Amethyst is a comforting stone that can aide in hope for the future and afterlife.
*Metaphysical properties are opinions only and not suggested for serious medical conditions. Always consult a healthcare professional for any medical or emotional issues. Any opinions on this website are meant to be purely informative.
Who Wears Amethyst?
Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February so it’s a great gift for anyone born during this month! Amethyst is also the stone for the zodiac sign Pisces. Since Amethyst is a violet stone, anyone who loves purple is sure to covet it!
Amethyst is a very sweet stone for young children and although it is semi-precious, it is not as rare as ruby, emerald, and sapphire. Since it is a crystal, it is great in Bohemian-style jewelry and as crystal healing pendants. It is important to note that amethyst color can fade in an excess of direct sunlight so it is not a favorable choice for sun-catchers or to be worn by sun-bathers every day.
The varieties of purple look beautiful paired with pinks such as Tourmaline or Rose Quartz but also make a nice contrast with the yellow-gold tones of Citrine and the bright green of Peridot. There is really no wrong color combination for Amethyst so choose what you like!
Amethyst comes in polished or matte beads and can be round, oval, faceted, natural crystal, or any shape imaginable. It is a very versatile stone and definitely worth a look!