A Look at Amethyst


Published On: 01-08-2012 12:18am

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2523  2524Rough & Faceted Amethyst Crystals

Pale lavender to deepest violet. (Purple is the color of Spirit)

The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek word meaning "against drunkenness." This was perhaps due to a belief that amethyst would ward off the effects of alcohol, but most likely the Greeks were referring to the wine-like color of some varieties of the stone. Amethyst is the purple variety of the mineral quartz and is a popular gemstone. Amethyst can occur as elongated prismatic crystals which have a six sided pyramid at either end. They can also form as druze which are crystalline encrustations, typically within geodes, that only show the pointed terminations of each crystal.

Amethyst is a member of the quartz group, the most common crystal. It is well known for powerful intuitive energy. An extremely protective stone with a high spiritual vibration, it is a stone of sobriety and spirituality. It can calm the mind and help connect you to your spiritual side. The name for amethyst derives from the Greek and Roman belief that the stone helped protect against drunkenness. Vessels for alcoholic beverages were made from the gemstone. To gift a purple amethyst is a gift of deep passion.

Found in India, Africa, Brazil, Britain as well as many other places.



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