Amethyst – symbol of royalty

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Amethyst is the most precious stone found in the quartz group, where it is found alongside citrine, hawk’s eye, tiger’s eye, smoky and rose quartz. It is also known as purple quartz.

According to Greek legend, the name ‘amethyst’ comes from the ancient Greek word ‘a methystus’, which is derived from ‘methys’ – sober, undrinkable.

It was said that this semi-precious purple stone could prevent the wearer from getting excessively drunk and also that it could keep the mind sober, serious.

It was believed that if a person drank from a cup made entirely of this purple crystal, they would not get drunk.

Amethyst properties

Hardness: 7 on the Mohs scale

Colours: violet, purple, lilac, lavender, pink
Chemical classification: silicate
Chemical formula: SiO2 (silicon dioxide)
Gloss: glassy appearance
Transparency: transparent to translucent
Crystal system: trapezoidal

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Where is amethyst found

The largest amethyst deposits are found in Brazil, Uruguay, Zambia, Bolivia and Tanzania.

Care

Purify once a month under warm running water. A fine brush can be used to clean the joint space between amethyst and metal in a piece of jewellery.

Charge in moonlight (too much exposure to sunlight makes amethyst stone dull).

Types of amethyst

Lavender – light purple crystal

Characterised by a muted purple colour, similar to lavender blossom.

Dark purple – dark purple stone

It is a dark purple crystal with an intense color that inspires a specific depth.

Chevron

This crystal is a mix of white quartz and amethyst, also known as “striped amethyst”.

Ametrine

The seductive play of shades (purple, orange, yellow) characterises this semi-precious stone: all the pure nuances of amethyst and citrine can be found in ametrine.

Metaphysical properties and meanings

Amethyst is known in modern times as a stone of spirituality and business success.

Throughout the ages, powerful and wealthy monarchs have used amethyst as a symbol of royalty, and some amethyst stones even decorate British crown jewelry.

Over time, amethyst stone has become popular with royalty and papal figures, and is adored for the intensity of the purple hues it is found in, as well as for the special energetic and spiritual properties it possesses. So it’s no surprise that fabulous amethyst jewelry is emerging from the hands of jewels and then proudly worn even by celebrities!

Amethyst properties and energetic effects

Multiple powers are associated with this enchanting crystal, and they all have one element in common: the self. Amethyst protects and harmoniously strengthens man’s relationship with his inner self, and from this point onwards the effects it has on the outer self.

Thus, among the properties of amethyst we find the following benefits:

  • good for meditation and spiritual awakening (even in the case of harmful physical addictions such as drug or alcohol addiction)
  • gives and brings strength, stability, inner peace and soul healing (balancing)
  • relief from stress, anxiety – reduces anger and impatience
  • effective communication with others
  • improving physical abilities and skills
  • protects against negative energies as well as physical attacks
  • cleansing the respiratory and digestive tracts, remedying skin problems and cellular diseases
  • boosting metabolism

Legend

According to Greek mythology, Amethyst was a young maiden with whom the god of drink and revelry, Dionysus, fell in love. Rejecting him and wishing to escape his clutches, Amethyst sought the help of the goddess Diana, who, to protect her, turned her into a sparkling white stone (the pure form of quartz). Soon Dionysus felt remorse for his actions, tears dripped into his glass of red wine. The jug overturned, and the red wine poured all over the white rock until it turned into the purple quartz we know as Amethyst.

Over time, amethyst stone has been associated with numerous powers. It was believed to control evil thoughts, boost intelligence, increase business success, keep soldiers from battle wounds and bring victory to the warrior who wore it, and protect against contagious diseases.

During the Renaissance, an amethyst jewel inscribed with the figure of a bear was believed to ward off demons. In this era, the amethyst stone became a landmark for high human values and aspirations. Chastity, sobriety and control over one’s thoughts were attributes enhanced by wearing the stone. People of that time also wore amethyst jewelry to maintain their calm, energy balance and not be driven by anger and passion.

Among the qualities that wearers of amethyst jewelry attributed to the stone hundreds of years ago were bravery, modesty and a contemplative spirit that inspired artistic inspiration.

Throughout the ages, powerful and wealthy monarchs have used amethyst as a symbol of royalty, and some amethyst stones even decorate British crown jewelry.

According to accounts, amethyst was a personal favorite of Queen Catherine the Great of Russia.

Amethyst is also associated with the spiritual-religious side. It was one of the twelve stones that adorned the breastplate of the high priest Aaron (Exodus 39). Following the biblical chronology, we learn that it later represented the Tribe of Dan, one of the twelve Tribes of Israel.

During the Middle Ages, Amethyst represented piety and celibacy and was therefore worn by members of the clergy of the Catholic Church and used to adorn crosses.

In religious tradition, the amethyst stone is known to facilitate connection with the Divine.

Amethyst and the Zodiac signs

For its properties, amethyst is intended for all zodiac signs, but it will have particular effects on natives of the zodiac signs Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.

Give an amethyst jewel as a gift on the occasion of your 34th birthday or 6 years of marriage. An amethyst ring or an amethyst set can be the ideal gift for love holidays or Valentine`s Day!