The Greek word “amethystos” may be translated as “not drunken”, from Greek a-, “not” + methustos, “intoxicated”
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) and owes its violet color to irradiation, iron impurities (in some cases in conjunction with transition element impurities), and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. Amethyst is an incredibly beautiful crystal and is very popular amongst anyone who works with crystals for spiritual reasons. It is quartz that has formed in the presence of manganese which creates the lovely purple hue. Normally it is quite clear and may have inclusions, rainbows and/ or clouding within the crystal. It’s beautiful colour makes it a very popular choice for jewellery. Amethyst can be a very pale clear purple or a very deep almost black. When it forms naturally, it may have a blend of other crystals with it such as ametrine (amethyst and citrine).
Amethyst occurs in primary hues from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue. The ideal grade is called “Deep Siberian” and has a primary purple hue of around 75–80%, with 15–20% blue and (depending on the light source) red secondary hues.Green quartz is sometimes incorrectly called green amethyst, which is an actual misnomer and not an acceptable name for the material, the proper terminology being Prasiolite. Other names for green quartz are vermarine, greened amethyst, or lime citrine.
It has a receptive energy and is affiliated with the element of water. Amethyst is associated with the planets Neptune and Jupiter.
Amethyst is a crystal with a mysterious energy. It has a calming yet spiritually protective energy that makes it good for any type of dream work: lucid dream, astral projection, past life regression, prophetic dreams etc. It can also help overcome insomnia and/ or nightmares for some people and may help the bearer awake very refreshed and energized. It makes a nice addition to herbal dream pillows. Put an amethyst under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams, or rub it across your forehead to offer relief from a headache.
Ancient Egyptians used the amethyst guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It has been worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft. The amethyst has long been used to open the spiritual and psychic centers. Amethyst is a stone of meditation, peace and healing. It offers powerful spiritual protection on the spiritual planes of existence. So if you are doing any type of spiritual work, it’s a good idea to incorporate amethyst into your work.
Amethyst is considered to be a stone of spirituality and contentment. It can help raise a lower vibration energy to a higher one. Amethyst is a powerfully psychic stone. It’s associated with the crown chakra which helps connect with the spiritual realm. It can help bridge the gap for those seeking spiritual guidance, healing, protection or wisdom. Put on some amethyst jewellery, drink amethyst elixir or meditate holding a piece of amethyst to raise your mood and vibration. The amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. It is thought the amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.
Healing properties of Amethyst
Amethyst is a gemstone often worn by healers, as it has the power to focus energy. A healer will usually wear several pieces of jewellery with amethysts set in silver, especially an amethyst necklace. The person to be healed will have an Amethyst to hold while the healing is being done. The healer will place another piece of Amethyst on the area of the body in need of healing, the heart or lungs usually.
It is used for problems in the blood and in breathing problems. Amethyst crystal clusters are used to keep the air and life force in the home clean and positive.
Amethyst helps overcome fears and cravings. It also helps relieve headaches.
Amethyst is connected with the deities Bacchus, Dionysus (gods of wine and libation) and Diana. It is believed to help overcome alcoholism and other addictions. This can refer to chemical addictions like drugs and alcohol or emotional addictions like gambling or abusive relationships.
Amethyst is believed to help with hearing problems and may aid in health problems relating to the skeletal system such as arthritis and back problems. It may help with disorders of the digestive system, nervous system, heart, stomach and teeth.
Roman intaglio engraved gem of Caracalla in amethyst, once in the Treasury of Sainte-Chapelle.
Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems.
The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication,while medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed. Beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England.
A large geode, or “amethyst-grotto”, from near Santa Cruz in southern Brazil was presented at the 1902 exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany.
In the 19th century, the color of amethyst was attributed to the presence of manganese. However, since it is capable of being greatly altered and even discharged by heat, the color was believed by some authorities to be from an organic source. Ferricthiocyanate has been suggested, and sulfur was said to have been detected in the mineral.
The Greek word “amethystos” may be translated as “not drunken”, from Greek a-, “not” + methustos, “intoxicated”. Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it. According to a 16th century French poem, Dionysus, the god of intoxication, and of wine, was pursuing a maiden named Amethystos, who refused his affections. Amethystos prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a prayer which the goddess Artemis answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethystos’s desire to remain chaste, Dionysus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple
Variations of the story include that Dionysus had been insulted by a mortal and swore to slay the next mortal who crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wrath. The mortal turned out to be a beautiful young woman, Amethystos, who was on her way to pay tribute to Artemis. Her life was spared by Artemis, who transformed the maiden into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god’s tears then stained the quartz purple.
This myth and its variations are not found in classical sources. Although the titan Rhea does present Dionysus with an amethyst stone to preserve the wine-drinker’s sanity in historical text.
Synthetic amethyst is produced by gamma-ray, x-ray or electron beam irradiation of clear quartz which has been first doped with ferric impurities. On exposure to heat, the irradiation effects can be partially cancelled and amethyst generally becomes yellow or even green, and much of the citrine, cairngorm, or yellow quartz of jewelry is said to be merely “burnt amethyst”
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