AMETHYST STONE CHARACTERISTICS
- Group: Quartz
- Chemical composition: Silicon dioxide, SiO²
- Hardness: 7
- Crystal System: Rhombohedral
- Deposits: Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Russia, Uruguay
- Colours: Violet, ranging from pale purple to deep purple
AMETHYST STONE: ITS HISTORY, ORIGIN AND COMPOSITION, AND ITS LITHO THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES
History of Amethyst Stone
Originally used as an ornamental stone, amethyst stone was first mined for decorative ends by Etruscans and Egyptians. It was also used throughout the 18th century for crafting clips and brooches. Today, amethyst stone is still considered a precious stone, and has adorned many precious relics from the past (British Crown, Egyptian crown, Russian crown, etc.). Due to its colour and its lustrous beauty, it is still one of the most sought-after stones.
In the bible, amethyst stone carries major importance. Since then, its main symbolism has been the fostering of celibacy and devotion. It is also not uncommon to find it featured on the ornaments of the clergy from the Middle Ages. It was frequently found on relics, bishop’s rings and on priestly vestments. This stone is equally considered sacred in Bhuddism and features regularly in the design of rosaries, a variety of amethyst necklaces accompanied by amethyst pendants.
Origin and Composition of Amethyst Stone
Discovered in very large quantities at the start of the 20th century, amethyst stone is considered a modern stone. Initially, its deposits were primarily found in Uruguay and Brazil. Since then, this stone has also been mined and exploited in Africa, South America, the United States, Russia and Australia. Though the largest amount of amethyst stone comes from South American countries, the African variety is considered much richer in terms of colour. In Australia, the stone appears much smaller and darker.
Amethyst stone is part of the violet quartz family, that is, stones composed of silicon dioxide. This stone varies between transparent and translucent, between a light pinkish violet to deep purple, which is mainly due to the iron impurities that can be found in its crystal lattice. This stone’s hue variations range from purple, to bluish, to light purple. It is possible to find deeper purple tones depending on where it is extracted. The same amethyst stone often offers different colour intensities, with a mixture of blue, purple and pink. Up to 250°C, this stone retains its colour perfectly. From 500°C, the stone’s colour changes to become light yellow.
Litho therapeutic Properties of Amethyst Stone
In litho therapy, amethyst stone is considered the stone of humility and wisdom. It stimulates creativity, imagination and clarity. Equally, this stone plays a major role in promoting contemplation, concentration and also spiritual elevation. It also alleviates anger, fear, anxiety, distress, sadness and grief.
Amethyst stone also has the litho therapeutic property of being a stone of transition and separation. It can be used in the event of the loss of a loved one, both for the parted and for the one who remains. A main property and virtue of amethyst is to purify places and objects, whether through an amethyst sphere or in another form. It purifies the physical body and one’s aura. It accepts and invites change. It can also be used to clean, purify and recharge other stones and minerals. Ideally, this purification should be done with several amethysts or a geode.
By purifying the environment, amethyst stone contributes to peace and relaxation. It provides calm and deep relaxation if it is placed in your room. This stone can also stimulate the energy of your living room. Alternatively, if you would rather an amethyst bracelet, it will accompany you and offer you all the virtues that amethyst boasts. You’ll enjoy its calming and soothing properties it offers throughout the day as soon as you put it on.
Amethyst stone Symbolism
- Wisdom and strength
Amethyst stone Traditions
- Buddhism: The stone of the spiritual journey
- Catholicism: Bishop’s stone
- Celtic: Druid’s Stone
- India: Brahmin Stone
- Amethyst Wedding Anniversary: 48 years of marriage