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Nature of Material: amethyst (AM-eh-thist) is a variety of the mineral quartz; hexagonal (Trigonal) crystal system; Chemical composition SiO2.

Transparent: material used for beads and carvings may be translucent bluish purple to purple to reddish purple; often shows a slight shift in hue under different lighting.

Phenomena: none
Trade Names
Uralian or Siberian amethyst - deep reddish purple to purple-red 
Ametrine - bi-colored variety with amethyst and citrine colors; also called Amethyst-citrine, citrine-amethyst, Trystine and golden amethyst 
Misnomers: Nili ,Neelam, 
Typical Size Range: 1 - 20 ct; faceted stones over 1000 ct are known 
Typical Cutting Styles: faceted, cabochons, beads, carvings 
Specific Gravity: 2.66 (+ .03, -.02) 
Polish Luster: vitreous 
Fracture: conchoidal 
Luster: vitreous 
Cleavage: none 
Identifying Characteristics: Color zoning, twinning, liquid, 2-phase, and 3-phase inclusions, negative crystals, may show bull's-eye or Ailey’s spiral optic figure. 
Hardness: 7 
Toughness: good 
Public Recognition: well-known
The Meaning Of Amethyst

Amethyst - The Stone of Spirituality

Main Chakra: Crown 
Vibrates to the number 3 
Astrological Signs Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius, and Capricorn Birthstone: February, June Amethyst is a member of the crystal quartz or silica group, which are the most common minerals on our planet.

Metaphysical Healing Properties: Amethyst is a stone of the mind. It helps to bring calmness and clarity where there is anxiety and confusion. Wear Amethyst if you want to get in touch with your intuition, your feelings, or your values. Amethyst helps one learn of all things spiritual, mystic and psychic. Especially aids sobriety; alcohol, food, sex, and other addictions. 
Stress: It is very good for overworked, over stressed, or overwhelmed metal states because of it extreme calming mental effects. It is considered an extremely spiritual stone. In the Old Testament, it is written that Aaron, the Jewish High Priest, wore the amethyst in the center of his breastplate, and it was said to induce visions and revelations. Many people sleep with an Amethyst crystal under their pillow for this reason. The Catholic bishop still wears an Amethyst ring on the second finger of his right hand. 
Addictions: Amethyst comes from a Greek word, amethusos, meaning not drunk. There is a ancient myth about Bacchus turning a young maiden to stone, and in remorse, he poured wine on the statue, staining it purple and creating amethyst. Goblets of Amethyst were said to prevent the drinker from being overwhelmed by the drink’s spirit. Today those trying to overcome addictions, especially alcohol addiction, use the healing powers of Amethyst as an aid. 
Protection: Amethyst is a crystal of protection, because it repels more than it attracts. 
Spirituality: Amethyst fosters healing and selflessness, and is associated with increased nobility, spiritual awareness, meditation, balance, psychic abilities, inner peace, and positive transformation. Some say it should be called the Stone of Transformation. Known also as “Metamorphosis". 
Color: Amethyst ranges in color from light lavender to dark purple. Violet is the color of Spirituality. 
Physical Healing Properties: Boosts productions of hormones, calms nervous system, insomnia, hearing, digestive tract, heart. Insomnia, headaches, hearing disorders, posture and skeletal system, stomach, skin, and teeth. As an elixir in the treatment of arthritis. 
Negates: Over indulgence, grief, anger, guilt, fear, rage, confusion, impatience, and resentment, Insomnia, nightmares
Accentuates: Cleanses, cleansing, purifies, restructures and renews. Fosters psychic abilities, spiritual awareness, contentment, peace, stability, serenity, forgiveness, tolerance Careers Minister, Priest, Spiritual leaders, Counselors, Therapists, Applications Meditation, , rehabilitation, stress, 
Combinations: Amethyst effects are enhanced when combined with Rose Quartz. 
Amethyst calms the mind, while Rose Quartz soothes the heart and heals past emotional wounds. Together they balance Heart, Mind, and Soul. Clear Quartz crystal, (an energizer and amplifier ) will enhance the effects of both crystals. General Gemstone Details Amethyst has long been prized as an ornament and amulet. Its most common ancient application was to prevent drunkenness. The world amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos, meaning "non-intoxicating." This stone has a long history with religious practices. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, instructions are given for placing heart shaped amethyst on the body of the deceased. 
The Chaldean Magi believed this stone protected against evil sorcery and brought success and good luck. Amethyst was also said to grant an understanding of hidden knowledge. 
At one time in China, pieces of amethyst were rented to people involved in lawsuits, as the stone was said to give one a more positive outlook, thus attracting a favorable outcome.

Scientific Properties: Moh’s Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure. Crystalline Quartz is generally what is called amethyst and it ranges in color from pale lilac to deep purple. The pale colors are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian jewelry. The deep colors are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes. 

Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, as well as in Zambia, Namibia and other African countries. Generally, amethyst from South America tends to be available in larger sizes than African amethyst but amethyst from Africa has the reputation for having better, more saturated, color in small sizes. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, is also mined in Australia. 

Mystical Properties: Amethysts have a soothing and relaxing effect on people, they promote healthy sleep habits when placed on the body or under the pillow. Amethyst promotes shrewdness in business matters, gives victory and quickens the mind to help control negative thoughts. Because the stone has transmutation energies, it helps to open gateways into intense and transforming spiritual experiences, and can protect the wearer from black magic. Known as a change stone, amethyst can bring about any type of change in your life and consciousness. It also breaks up old emotional thought processes and assists psychic opening in a grounding manner. 

Healing Properties: An amethyst crystal is nearly indispensable to healers. Single crystals are very beneficial but clusters are even more powerful. Powerful enough in fact that a cluster of amethyst can cleanse other stones. When worn, amethyst will alleviate migraines. Headaches caused by nerves will subside when a amethyst cross section or geode is placed in the room. It is also used to help improve concentration. Amethyst calms mental disorders, purifies the blood, strengthens the immune system as well as balancing and healing all chakras. People who regularly wear an amethyst necklaces are said to fascinate others with their personality and charisma. 

Magical Properties: 
Energy: Receptive 
Element: Water 
Deities: Bacchus, Dionysus, Diana Amethyst is said to attract justice and protect against burglars and thieves. It also wards off danger and violent death. Amethyst increases the activity in the right brain, cuts through illusion, and helps to develop the psychic abilities. It strengthens and develops intuition, inspiration, healing, and channeling as well as raising thoughts and aspirations to a higher spiritual level. Store a small piece of amethyst with your tarot cards or runes to keep the power of the divination tools high. 

Planets: Jupiter, Neptune Traditional Birthstone for the Month of February. Stone of Pisces, amethyst brings clarity to the conscious and unconscious mind. 

Chakra Classification: Placed on the 7th, Crown Chakra during meditation, amethyst increases concentration and confidence in life. Amethyst is the other 7th, Crown Chakra healing stone. It has many of the same qualities as clear quartz. Many people keep an Amethyst with their other stones to increase their effectiveness. Amethyst is a good touchstone, a stone to keep in your pocket and rub several times a day for it's uplifting energy, or you can wear it on a chain around your neck, against your skin. It is said to help those with insomnia if placed under the pillow at night. 


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