Amethyst Meaning and Use
February’s birthstone is a form of quartz. Taking its colors from the iron and manganese, the higher the manganese content, the deeper the color. Power, wealth and royalty have long been associated with the color purple.
Throughout history, amethyst has been viewed as one of the most sacred stones. The British and Russians adorned their royal crowns with this beautiful stone. Catherine the Great was said to love the stone and had all of her personal items adorned with it. Amethyst symbolized one of the 12 tribes of Israel and was encrusted in the breastplate of the high priest, Aaron. The Hebrew word “ahlamah” (amethyst) translates as “dream stone” because it was thought to cause powerful dreams. Many other cultures have used it through the centuries for protection and for its spiritual connection.
Relieve stress and anxiety, ward off negative energy, and even reverse the effects of intoxication. Sounds too good to be true, right? But amethyst has been believed to do all of these things. The name even comes from the word “amethystos” a Greek word meaning “not intoxicating”.
QUALITIES ASSOCIATED WITH AMETHYST
- Intellectual: Thought to increase intelligence, clear thought processes & communication
- Protection: Thought to protect from dangerous situations or bad spirits
- Mysticism: Said to elevate intuition
- Healing: Relieve stress & anxiety
- Purity: Clears toxic energy
- Peace: Induces balance & self-awareness
- Dreams: Sleep with it under your pillow to help with implement a good sleep schedule or control your dreams
Now found all over the world, amethyst was once hard to come by and was as valuable as emeralds and rubies. A large discovery of the stone in Brazil made it more accessible and affordable. Stones from Russian & Zambia are viewed to be the best quality. Africa & Australia produce smaller stones, but with a more intense color. They are found in the United States in North Carolina and Arizona
Variation: Available in everything from pale lavender to midnight plum, so much variety makes for unique, beautiful jewelry.
Pricing: Fits everyone’s budget.
Ease of Care: Clean with lukewarm soapy water or in an ultrasonic cleaner. Heat and acid can damage amethyst