The February birthstone and celebratory gem for the 6th and 17th Wedding Anniversary.
Unfortunately it has become a gem that is often thought of as “old fashioned”, “dull”, “boring” and “common”. But, is actually a beautiful, vivid stone – “the essence of purple” that has captured our hearts for hundreds of years!
Amethyst is a variety of Quartz that is found in many locations around the world and forms as terminated crystals of all sizes in geodes, clusters and as long single terminations. Some geodes (hollow, crystal lined bubbles) are big enough for a person to stand in!
The name comes from the Greek méthystos ("intoxicated") a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness.
Its purple coloring is usually caused by impurities of Iron or Manganese compounds. Amethyst is often routinely heated to bring out a deeper purple color.
Amethyst is found in Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, Madagascar, Zambia and parts of the United States.
Amethyst was as expensive as Emerald or Ruby until the 19th Century when large deposits of it were discovered in Brazil. Today it is the most valued of the Quartz family.
The healing and spiritual meanings of Amethyst
Amethyst crystals are exceptional for providing spiritual protection, inner strength and clarity of mind, making them a classic meditation tool.
Amethyst healing properties also include acting as a natural form of stress relief and attracts positive energy while ridding your body of any negative emotions, they are said to help strengthen the immune system and heal any imbalances that lie in the body.
They are said to be beneficial to your environment, working to purify any space of negative vibrations.
Colour Psychology – Purple
A little bit of history about Amethyst
• The Ancient Greeks wore Amethyst and made drinking vessels decorated in them to prevent themselves from being intoxicated.
• In the middles ages it was considered as a symbol of royalty and a “cardinal gem” and was used to decorate English regalia.
• Medieval European soldiers wore Amethyst amulets to protect them in battle.
• The Ancient Egyptians used Amethyst to guard against fearful and guilty thoughts.
• An Amethyst is the ninth stone in the breast plate of the high priest of Israel, and one of the ten stones upon which the names of the tribes of Israel were engraved.
• The ancient saint St. Valentine, the patron of love, wore an Amethyst ring carved with a cupid. Hence, why it is also the birthstone for February.
• Tibetans have always considered Amethyst to be sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it.
An Amethyst known as The Deli ‘Sapphire” is said to be cursed since it was looted from a temple in Kanpur, India, during the bloody Indian Mutiny of 1857. It is now in the collection of the Natural History Museum in London.
The Tiffany Amethyst. A 56 carat square cushion cut Amethyst, now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Morris Amethyst Brooch – made most likely during the Edwardian period featuring a 96 carat heart shaped Amethyst. It was donated to the Smithsonian Institution by Mrs. M. Morris in 1973 and is now on display at the National Museum of Natural History.