Have you ever looked at a beautiful amethyst cluster and thought of it to be as gorgeous as a field of lavenders? This stone has stuck around for centuries and has always uplifted people. What is more, it has done so while looking stunning. Curious as to what amethyst has meant to people? Then let us dive into the great world of amethyst.
The stone has always been given praise for its beauty. Praise, the proper word for a stone that was called by some "Venus's eyelid." Indeed, a good tyrian Amethyst geode had nearly unmatched beauty for most of its history. In fact, it was up in the ranks with rubies, sapphires, and even diamonds. It was, and still is, a cardinal gem of the purple variety. Even though more deposits have been found and lessened the rarity and value of amethyst, one only needs to take a glance at the stone to see why it reigned among kings, queens, and gods. A lot of people understood this, as Pliny the Elder wrote that many believed it would guarantee access to the king. That is less likely to be interpreted as a mystical property, rather owning amethyst was a symbol of status. In any case, the mystical properties were clear: many believed that wearing this stone would offer protection from inebriation. It was also believed that it could protect users from locust attacks.
George Frederick Kunz so happened to attribute amethyst to the name Arthur, a man who some consider to have been king of England at one point. This could be a coincidence. Though given amethyst's relationship to royalty, and the colour purple's relationship to royalty, this could have been intentional. Kunz also details the birthstones. Amethyst is considered to be the birthstone for the month of February. In fact, has been considered so for centuries among the Jews, Romans, Poles, Russians, and Italians. Alternatives were pearl and hyacinth, but were significantly less popular than amethyst in regards to birthstones. Kunz also writes of Greek literature, and that in a so-called gem city, monumental pieces of amethyst stood as altars. In short, amethyst has been, is, and always will be, loved by many for its beauty.
Amethyst is a beautiful stone that promotes power from within yourself, attracts power where it is needed in your life, provides calming & soothing energies, protects against malicious curses, hexes, psychic attacks. Amethyst is also a stone for those who are in love and who want to strengthen the bonds of love between themselves and their lover. Amethyst resonates with your inner balance which will calm any temperament or mood issues and provide a fair & balanced atmosphere for you. It is a wonderful stone to work with during times of stress, contemplation, or meditation. You can also place the stone under your pillow or bed to provide a more restful night of sleep.
Amethyst is a purple stone that can be from a lavender to deep purple in color. Amethyst can be banded, translucent or clouded. Some pieces of amethyst are purple in color and have fractures or lines within the translucent stone.
Amethyst is a variety of quartz. What makes it purple, exactly? Amethyst is purple because of the gamma irradiation. That settles that, right? Well, mostly. Read more about the controversy of Amethyst that was sparked by social media.
Aside from those previously mentioned, amethyst has some neat metaphysical properties. Amethyst is a calming and soothing stone that is capable of providing protection against more malicious hexes and curses. As a stone that deals with power within, amethyst is a great stone for correcting, or maintaining, the balance within you.
Some of these properties echo those of the past. Balance and temperament are likely derived from the quality of sobriety attributed to the stone. Protection, from the fact that it was believed to offer protection to soldiers and grant them a victory in war. The dream aspect could come from the Breastplate of Aaron and the relationship with amethyst, called "aḥlamah." This name for amethyst could have influenced the belief that the stone did have dream related properties, as the name is likely derived from the word "halom," which has been translated into dreams.
The properties of protection, balance, power from within, dreams, and it use during meditation are all wonderful and can apply to just about everyone. It is no surprise that the stone is loved by so many.
Amethyst is a beautiful stone with a rich history and is packed with some fairly neat properties, some of which are related to that history. Amethyst's stunning purple comes from gamma irradiation. We love it, wear it, and have even used cups with the stone embedded into it. Maybe the stone doesn't stop drunkenness after all, as a truly amazing piece will make you blackout!
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