The gemstone up next is the elegant, purple-colored Amethyst! You’ll be stunned to know how it gets its name, its color and all about its properties! The jewelry made from Amethyst stone exhibits the exact some gorgeous purple, and that makes it a must-have! Read on for all the info you need on this gemstone.
What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is simply one of several forms of quartz. It can be classified as a semiprecious stone and is the traditional birthstone for February.
Amethyst gemstone gets its name from the Greek word “amethystos” which may be translated as “not drunken”, from Greek a-, “not” + methustos, which means “intoxicated”.
This gorgeous gemstone is a popular and relatively rare form of quartz. It’s a pretty hard gemstone and can be found within geodes all across the globe. Amethyst is mostly formed in crystals or as a mass. Its beautiful purple color may come from traces of iron or manganese in its crystal structure. A lot of stones on the market are not naturally colored; they are often heat treated to produce a darker shade of purple.
In all of history, the purple, lilac, and lavender amethyst crystal have been associated with royalty.
How can you use it?
Amethyst, like other gemstones, can be faceted into many cuts and is used in all forms of jewelry including rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and pendants. A lot of large gems weighing several hundred carats have been cut from Amethyst. Decorative objects are sometimes also carved from large pieces. A little lesser quality Amethyst is an important bead gem and can also be cut into cabochons. A variation of tumbled beads of purple Amethyst mixed with white Quartz is also used as necklaces and bracelets.
The heat treatment.
This pretty purple gemstone is sometimes heat-treated to deepen the purple color and modify lighter colored stones into deeper hues. Also, Amethyst is heat treated to produce Citrine and the green Quartz known as Prasiolite. Though Amethyst sources are abundant, synthetic Amethyst gems are also produced using the hydrothermal method.
The wonders it does!
As we mentioned earlier, Amethyst gained its name from the Ancient Greek word meaning “not intoxicated”. It supposedly prevented drunkenness. It was also said that its bright color came from the god of wine, Dionysus, pouring out his wine over a clear crystal in mourning. Due to the aforementioned reasons, amethyst has long been said to promote sobriety – 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 the emotion of any specific sort. That influenced emotion might be blind optimism or blind pessimism, but either way, it is blind – and amethyst can help you open your eyes.
Who can benefit from wearing Amethyst?
Essentially everyone can benefit from wearing amethyst. Every day, we are in constant contact with other people and their energies, especially in the workplace, and the protective properties of amethyst do wonders in keeping you in harmony and prevents you from picking up negative or unwanted energies from the environment.
This glorious gemstone is a must-have for anyone working in healing professions. For anyone who’s working with sick or mentally ill people will benefit as these people literally “suck” energy from you if you are not protected. The massive high vibration of amethyst will protect your energy field.