Amethyst is a quartz crystal that can range in color from lavender to deep purple. It has a legendary history of use going back over 25,000 years: the ancient Egyptians used Amethyst beads and amulets, and many ancients thought it was a connection to the divine. Purple has long been considered the color of royalty, and has been used in crowns and rings throughout the ages.
The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word for “not intoxicated” and there is are a variety of interesting legends as to how it got its name – but all along the same lines, and all involving wine! One version is that the wine god, Bacchus, was angry over an insult and decreed that the first person he met would be devoured by his tigers. Unfortunately, this person was a beautiful girl named Amethyst who was on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. As the tigers leapt, she asked the goddess to help her, and she was saved by being turned into a clear crystal. Bacchus was mortified, and poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering – turning the stone a deep purple.
Amethyst has always been considered with powers to prevent drunkenness and overindulgence, and ancient Greeks and Romans often added Amethyst to their goblets in an attempt to prevent intoxication.
Amethyst is a powerful and protective stone with a high spiritual vibration. Lavender Amethyst has a particularly high vibration and is thought to bring light and love.
Amethyst brings calmness and clarity, and is especially helpful during stressful or confusing times, calming anger. It is helpful to the mind and strengthens psychic abilities - and it is thought reduce anxiety and nightmares.
Amethyst is one of the best stones for meditation.
Physically, Amethyst can boost production of hormones and metabolism. One of the names attributed to Amethyst is “all healer,” as it can soothe headaches, release tension, and is considered beneficial to balance flora in the intestine*.
Carry or wear amethyst as stones or jewelry to benefit from the healing properties of this stone.
Length: ~65 cm (~25 inches); beads 8 mm diameter.
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*Note: The properties of healing stones should not be considered as healthcare information.