If you need inner tranquility then this purple hued stone is for you. Once considered a precious stone like emerald, ruby and sapphire, the amethyst has fallen in value as more of it is available. This stone has a royal history being used in crown jewels and royal regalia. It is also used for religious jewelry. It is known for its purifying properties.
Color: Pale lavender to deep violet which comes from the presence of iron in its formation
Origins: Brazil, Canada, Russia, South Korea, Uruguay, United States, India, Sri Lanka, parts of Africa, Mexico
Formation: A variety of quartz that forms in igneous and metamorphic rocks like granite or gneiss. The best amethyst is found in cavities called geodes of granite porphyries.
Benefits: promotes spiritual growth, stimulates intuition, promotes peacefulness and contentment, soothes, wards off intoxication, addiction and overindulgence, it also heals feelings of loss and sadness.
Healing Properties: believed to relieve tension headaches and eye strain; believed to soothe itching due to skin irritation; helps with addiction.
Chakra: Third Eye and Crown
History: Ancient Greeks and Romans drank wine from cups carved from amethyst to cure prevent drunkenness. (There’s a fun history fact to tell someone at a party). The name comes from the Greek word amethustos meaning “sober.”
Zodiac: Virgo, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces
Birthstone Association Month: February
Tip: Amethyst is great in the bedroom because of it’s calming vibration. Its color can fade with too much exposure to sunlight, so keep it in a low light area of your home.
Other Violet Stones: Purple tourmaline, iolite, sugilite, and charoite. These stones also stimulate the Third Eye chakra.