Everything you need to know about Amethyst.
Amethyst is a Quartz variety categorising as a Silicate (Silicon Dioxide), (SiO2) mineral. It typically has a 6 sided, trigonal formation and has a hardness of 7 on the MOHs scale. Amethyst is very common and abundant, in many different environments. The commercially most important occurrences are in volcanic rocks, where amethyst crystals outline former gas cavities.
Amethyst is often found in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, Zambia, India and USA. Although there is many other deposits around the globe, these top 6 countries are well known for their Amethyst caves/pockets. Depending on where amethyst grows the colours vary from deep purple, black, pink, lilac, silver, rainbow and green. It is commonly grown with the microcrystalline, Agate and calcite.
Amethyst is also known is other varieties and names such as; Ametrine, Pink Amethyst Geode, Prasiolite, Cluster, Spirit Quartz, Brand-berg, Sceptre, Laser, Elestial, Zebra, Chevron, Amethyst cathedral/geode, Vera Cruz, Aura-lite, Super 7, Phantom Amethyst or Amethyst Stalactite.
Amethyst is not often faked, but can be dyed or miss-sold, here are some easy ways to spot them;
- Has natural imperfections such as inclusions, phantoms and growths
- Does not have gas bubbles or scraps this can indicate fake resin or glass made
- Lab grown clusters usually do not display a natural external matrix/geode
- Anything that has a MOHS hardness of less than 7 cannot scratch it
- Polished amethyst can magnify and does not mean it is not authentic
- Bright orange citrine is heated from amethyst
- Dyed amethyst will only consist of one colour or extremely vibrant shades. Naturally it should have gradients of colour such as white and varieties of purple
- Siberian Jewellery is lab grown
- Amethyst ranges from low grades all the way to up A, AA, AAA (AAA being the darkest and deepest purple)
Amethyst combines best with:
- Rose Quartz: Deeper connection and understanding with your self love or relationships. A spiritual, emotional and physical connection
- Moonstone: Emotional healing
- Clear Quartz: Transmutes, amplifies and purifies
- Aquamarine: To push the boundaries on your spiritual connection and abilities
- Element: Works well with Air
- Zodiac Sign: Pisces
- Birth month: February
Ever since mankind first discovered Amethyst around 3000 BC, this accessible gemstone has been believed to possess a wide variety of Amuletic qualities and properties. The ancient Egyptians believed Amethyst could keep a person from being poisoned. The Egyptians often used amethysts for Talismans, their soldiers wearing them as Amulets for success in their exploits and calmness in danger. The ancient Roman author Pliny says the Magi believed that if the symbols of the Sun and Moon were engraved upon the Amethyst it made a powerful charm against witchcraft, and gave its wearers success to their petitions, good luck and favour with those in authority. It is worth remembering that Amethyst gained its name from the Ancient Greek word meaning “not intoxicated”. Many claim that it can help against drunkenness. And that its bright colour came from the god of wine, Dionysos. Pouring out his wine over a clear crystal in mourning.
Amethyst holds high vibrations and is well known to be power house crystal. It is great to use amethyst for Meditation work. Wear or carry amethyst to enhance your spiritual protection and reaching a higher state of consciousness. Amethyst blocks psychic attacks by deflecting lower vibrations that try to penetrate your energy field. Amethyst is also a strong cleanser for the energy field and possesses intense spiritual healing energy. Amethyst works dimensionally so if you are working on say "emotional healing" it will bring to light the physical healing, spiritual healing, psychological and past life healing, the intention must be there for amethyst to access your healing required. If you are looking for some chakra healing then amethyst is best connected to the higher chakras such as the third eye chakra and the crown. If you are looking to develop your psychic abilities then amethyst is your best friend, amethyst will work with you to strengthen your channel and will keep you focused and connected. It is also known to help you connect with your spirit guides and loved ones. Programme amethyst to connect you to your tribe and download the messages/healing they bring to you.
Amethyst holds abundant and successful frequencies, you can use these properties to manifest your desires and dreams. Amethyst is a great ritual/ceremonial crystal. It can be used as a beautiful offering or exchange of energy. If you have a business or a new venture use amethyst to support and grow your success.
Amethyst can support the waves of chaos when we need calming and relaxing energies. If you are using councillor or therapy service, hold amethyst to give you some extra support and healing vibrations. Amethyst will sooth our anxieties and depressive states of consciousness. As amethyst is one of the master healing stones it can work on us on multi dimensions. Whenever we are feeling uneasy use this for clarity and to remove unwanted frequencies from our energy system. To keep peace and harmony place amethyst in or around your home to balance and stabilise your relationships.
It is very easy to us to judge ourselves and other people. Amethyst will help you de-programme them ways of thinking and replace them with kinder thoughts, amethyst is connected to the crown chakra. The crown chakra on a physical and emotional level are connected to our dis-eases this can also relate to how we programme and think in our conscious and sub conscious mind. It will also help you identify those root causes or old hurts that lead to ways of behaving that you don’t like about yourself. And help you heal and grow. It’s not always easy, but Amethyst can ease the journey.
When it comes to relationships amethyst will get rid of grief, despair, anger, or defeat. It will soothe emotional wounds and alleviate the pain that comes with emotional trauma.
Amethyst can work in strengthening the immune system. It can also help you achieve a speedy recovery from a severe illness. It can be effective when it comes to cell regeneration. Natural amethyst is well know as a stress reliever and can also detoxify the body. The stone of memory, wear amethyst on your left wrist to improve your memory. Healing for the reproductive organs, place over your chakras intuitively and ask amethyst to show you what needs healing, in order to fix a physical dis-ease there maybe other energy centres that need healing first. It can aid in the treatment of disorders that affect the lungs, pancreas, and spleen.
Amethyst is kindly gifted to loved ones if they are under chemotherapy or diagnosis of cancer. It is a very soothing stone that offers dimensional healing. As amethyst carries high vibrations it will keep the receiver in a positive frequency.
All of our Amethyst is sourced from Uruguay and Brazil. Our Brazilian supplier extracts some of the worlds largest and beautiful pieces of deep, purple amethyst. Sourced from Minas Gerais, Bahia, Para and Rio Grande do Sul. The Uruguayan suppliers are mine owners and extract the most beautiful, unique formations of amethysts and stalactites. Amethyst mining is mainly underground and causes relatively little environmental damage and they are geologists who have a full understanding of the environment and ethical mining.
Our miners have in-house lapidary services where they polish and carve all of our tumble stones, Jewellery and polished shapes, this includes our amethysts that have been mounted or moulded to custom stands. Both suppliers are strict on ethical sourcing and there supply chain is straight from the mines to us. They are both family run businesses who provide both fair trade and safe environments including equipment.
None of our suppliers work with children under-age. It is illegal in most countries now to mine with children, the businesses we work with comply and are registered under the Ethical sourcing conduct.