Learn about the crystal Amethyst. What is it, how to identify it, common folklore, metaphysical uses, correspondences, and more!
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What is Amethyst?
A member of the Quartz family of minerals, amethyst is known as a Silicate mineral because it is primarily made up of silica.
The name Amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos, meaning ” not intoxicate”, as it was believed to prevent drunkeness.
This crystal can be found naturally in the following locations: in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Bolivia, Zambia, Ontario, and Uruguay.
- Sri Lanka
- South Korea
- United States
Amethyst can also be lab-grown by a synthesis method known as hydrothermal growth (essentially growing crystals inside a high-pressure autoclave). These produced crystals often imitate high quality amethyst, and its chemical and physcial properties are exactly the same its naturally found counterpart.
Geological Identification of Amethyst
- Color – purple, violet, dark purple
- Cleavage – none
- Fracture – conchoidal
- Hardness – 7 (although can be lower in impure specimens)
- Luster – vitreous/glassy
- Streak – white or colorless
May fade in tone if left overexposed to light sources such as the sun.
This crystal is water-safe.
Best cleaned with warm, sudsy water, and a tightly woven microfiber or other soft cloth.
Folklore & Fun Facts
- Ancient Greeks believed this crystal would protect its owner from drunkeness, and would often wear them while drinking or carve them into drinking vessels.
- There is a Greek myth of Rhea presenting Dionysus with this stone in The Dionysiaca
- Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets for protection in battle
- In Tibetan culture, amethyst is considered sacred to the Buddha and often prayer beads are crafted from it
- Ancient Egyptians wore jewelry with this crystal to protect against guit and fear.
- Birthstone for the month of February
- Zodiac birthstone for Aquarius
- This crystal often adorned the crowns of royalty in Britain and Russia
- In Judaism the amethyst is believe to cause powerful dreams, symbolizes one of the 12 Tribes of Israel, and was placed on the breastplate of the high priest, Aaron.
- Reported to help open a person’s third eye.
- These crystals are believed to assist with spiritual awakening
- Chakras – Third Eye Chakra, Crown Chakra
- Zodiac – Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
- Planet – Jupiter
- Element – Air
- Vibration – Number 3
- Day of the Week – Wednesday
- Dieties – Dionysus, Rhea, Hermes
- Body – Hormone Production, Immune System
- Spiritual Awareness
- Psychic Abilities
- Dream Work
- Protection from Nightmares
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