In the ranks of crystals with metaphysical properties, few are as famous or as distinctive as amethyst. One of very few stones with its unique purple colouration, amethyst is a form of quartz that contains iron and other trace minerals within its structure.
Just like Fluorite, Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is also used to eliminate impatience.
Amethyst is one of the stones that was most highly prized in the ancient world, and continues to be prized by many people today.
Amethyst is found all over the world, with some of the most precious deposits still found the vicinity of Greece, Italy, the Middle East, and the north of Africa.
There is no problem with using laboratory-grown amethyst – the only reason not to is if you are interested in using a piece of amethyst that comes from a specific place that has personal meaning to you.
As long as you are actually buying amethyst, and not purple-coloured glass, the characteristics are exactly the same, and laboratory amethyst sidesteps the problems with worker safety that many mined gemstones face.
The legendary powers of amethyst are virtually unmatched and it holds a unique place in the ranks of crystal lore. Read on to learn more about its specific purposes.
Why Would You Use Amethyst?
Amethyst is one of relatively few gemstones with the specific purpose of improving intellectual and cerebral thought.
There are many stones that are purported to enhance psychic powers, and many more that improve emotional intelligence, but the numbers of stones that have specific positive effects on the intellect are much rarer.
Perhaps this is because, for much of western culture, intellectual thought has been something that was highly praised as a skill that had to be learned in schools, and used as a status symbol among those who were wealthy enough to pursue higher education!
While higher education is excellent (and amethyst won’t grant you intelligence all on its own) it can certainly help you to apply your intellectual powers to any situation you might face.
It can help you think both soberly and critically about the situations you face, which will lead you to far greater success in handling them.
It is worth remembering that Amethyst gained its name from the Ancient Greek word meaning “not intoxicated”.
It was said to prevent against drunkenness, and that its bright colour came from the god of wine, Dionysus, pouring out his wine over a clear crystal in mourning.
Because of this, amethyst has long been said to promote sobriety – both in the literal sense of preventing drunkenness, and in the metaphorical sense of developing an ability to think more clearly and not be clouded with emotion of any specific sort.
That emotion might be blind optimism or blindpessimism, but either way, it is blind – and amethyst can help you open your eyes.