History of Amethyst
The ancient Egyptians used amethyst as a gemstone. 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.
The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication, while medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethyst heal people and keeps them cool-headed.
According to the legend, the god Bacchus, goddess of wine and amusement, also known as Dionysus by Greeks, used to be angry with humans and once he decided to kidnap the beautiful nymph Amethyst. When she was attacked by three tigers, she asked for help to Phoebe who transformed her in a transparent, splendid crystal. The furious Bacchus split his cup of red wine on the crystal that become violet, creating the precious gem amethyst.
For this, amethyst was associated to Bacchus and his temptations, as it was a talisman against drunkenness. It was believed that, drinking form an amethyst glass, it was impossible to get drunk. So it was in the ancient Rome where, during feasts and celebrations, while guests used to enjoy wine’s pleasures, the master of the house drank form an amethyst cup to be sober and control the celebration.
Therefore amethyst has always been symbol of sobriety and health, able to protect against illness and attract good luck. For this reason, it is associated to longevity, as if it was a rare elixir of life.
Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC.
Some historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid. For those familiar with Old Testament history, amethyst was one of the twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel.
For many years, amethyst was held to be one of the most precious gemstones, often favored by royalty or exclusively by the clergy as a symbol for the deity of Christ. It was even held for many years in the same regard as the diamond. It wasn’t until the discovery of more abundant supplies of amethyst that it became a gemstone enjoyed by more than just the wealthiest buyers.
Origin of Amethyst
Until the 19th century, amethyst was primarily mined in Russia. However supply dramatically increased when natural sources of its crystals were discovered in Brazil. Today, amethyst can be found all over the world, from Africa to Asia, to South America. Brazil remains a major supplier, with a large portion of the stones coming from the southern state of Rio Grande du Sol.
One of the largest amethyst deposits in the world were discovered in the 19th century in Brazil which subsequently caused amethyst to lose its status as one of the most valuable gemstones, and today Brazil is still the largest global producer. Many amethyst deposits in Brazil and Uruguay are in geode formations. These are hollow rocks, formed originally from bubbles in a volcanic event, filled with crystals.
Amethyst crystals are hexagonal in structure made up of 6-sided prisms ending in 6-sided pyramids.
Did you know?
A city in Brazil called “Amethyst of the South” repleted with amethysts. Even the biggest church in the town is built with this violet gemstone – in fact, more than forty tons of amethyst were used to make it.
One of the most precious amethyst sets in the royal world belongs to Sweden’s Monarchy – and it’s filled with years of history behind it. It was initially owned by Napoleon’s first wife, Empress Joséphine. Then she gave it to her son, Eugène de Beauharnais, who later passed it to his daughter, Josephine of Leuchtenberg, who became queen of Sweden. We’ve spotted Queen Silvia, and Princess Madeleine shine in this magical crown and earring set several time.
Healing properties of AmethystEmotional and mental health claims
Amethysts are said to promote serenity and calm. Those who work with crystals may use the gemstones as a way to help reduce your anxiety and perceptions of pain.
Enhance or sharpen spiritual visions
Amethysts are reported to open a person’s third eye. The third eye is considered to be a source of power and wisdom. Crystal practitioners believe a person can use amethysts to enhance or sharpen spiritual visions and enlightenment. Again, these are scientifically unproven claims. Metaphysical crystal practitioners may also believe that amethyst geodes or crystals placed in your home will absorb negative energy and create an air of tranquility in the space. Plus, they claim that amethysts help block electromagnetic frequencies and “geopathic stress” that can foster negativity. This is said to occur when human-made objects disrupt the earth’s natural energy.
Amethyst relieves an individual from stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety.
Activates spiritual awareness
This precious stone has outstanding healing and cleansing powers. It does this by opening intuition and enhancing psychic abilities of a person.
It makes a person have a sober mind in cases of over drinking or overindulgence in other activities that may lead to addictions. Amethyst does this by producing a calming effect to the mind and stimulating the body hence keeping people focused and aware of occurrence in their surroundings.
With Amethyst in place, you can be assured of plentiful amounts of sleep at night. It further helps in remembering and understanding of dreams.
Amethyst plays a very important role in general metabolism especially bringing balance to the endocrine system by helping in the active production of hormones for use in the body.
Boosting the immune system
Amethyst assists the body in fighting and eliminating diseases. This stone helps to purify blood thus reduces physical, emotional and psychological pain or stress. Amethyst is useful for people suffering from diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract, skin conditions, disorders in cells and diseases of the digestive system
Guards against psychic attack
By wearing the protective Amethyst crystal, one gets protection from all types of suffering including spiritual assault and those that may be as a result of external sources such as people.
Place an amethyst, or a group of amethysts, in your home or office to create a more peaceful environment. The stone may be large or small—anything from a small crystal to a large geode will improve the environment and create a sense of peace.
Protects against psychic attack
Wear a crystal somewhere on your person to guard against spiritual assault. Necklaces and earrings are popular options for people who wish to subtlely display the gem.
Promotes restful sleep
Place an amethyst near your bed or wear an amethyst pendant while sleeping. Healers believe that proximity to the stone improves quality of sleep.
Assists with meditation and visualization
Place a crystal in a quiet room with soft lighting before beginning meditation or visualization.
Placement of Amethyst
1.It is an excellent feng shui cure for the following bagua areas:
Northeast (spiritual growth and self-cultivation,
Southeast (wealth and abundance), as well as South (light within/fame and reputation).
You can also place a small amethyst cluster in your study or in the living room.
2. If you are going through an intensely emotional time in your life, you can wear the cooling amethyst in your pocket (a small polished tumbled rock), as well as have a couple in your car.
3. To motivate your children or to manage your stress and tight schedules place amethyst in the West of your home. This can be used in any room on a desk.
4. Place this in northwest direction that increases money, luck & opportunities and in south west direction to enhances your love.
The Chakras*Crown Chakra
Amethyst connects the physical plane with the higher realms, pulling the high frequency vibrations into the Crown Chakra, through the Third Eye, for processing by the rest of the chakras. Many work with Amethyst for it's protective bubble of light that is activated when one holds or wears this stone. governs the CROWN chakra, at the top of the head. amethyst stones are related to the seventh chakra, also known as the crown chakra, located at the top of the head.
This chakra is associated with understanding, knowledge, and all things related in some way with the mind. This is our union with the Universe, willpower, and inspiration.
*Third Eye Crown
Amethyst is an essential stone for the third eye chakra, which is the energy between our brows. It helps us open or develops our intuition and connect to the spirit. As we transcend, we also accelerate our psychic abilities. .Use at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) for finding harmony and balance, amplifying energy, easing stress and as an aid to creating and manifesting.
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Amethyst for calm and healing
February | Amethyst
Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is a variety of Quartz that carries a spectacular purple color that ranges from a blend of deep violet and red to a lighter lilac hue. Ancient Greeks believed that the stone protected the wearer from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset. Amethyst is a natural tranquiliser, it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity. Amethyst activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities.