Amethyst 

Purple sparkling stones flashing in the sunlight, calming the chaos floating through our mind, amethyst is a beautiful and spiritual stone.  Hold one in your hand and let the feelings of peace fill you.  Its use by humans’ dates to 25,000 BC.  Its purple color is said to originate from a cup of wine poured on it by Bacchus, the Roman god of agriculture. The name comes from the Greek word “amethystos” which may be translated as “not drunk”.  The stone was said to prevent drunkenness which is why goblets are often carved from it.  It is the birthstone of February.  Amethyst has long been viewed as a symbol of spirituality and is seen frequently adorning the rings of religious figures.  Loved for its beauty and enhancement of spiritual awareness the stone is especially valued for its meditating properties.  

Amethyst is found in geodes, pockets or cave like structures.  Located all over the world with large quantities coming from Brazil and Uruguay.  Considered a semi-precious stone it is a type of quartz.  Its hardness makes it ideal for jewelry.  Although many collectors prefer it unadorned.  Cathedrals, geodes and clusters make wonderful display pieces.  Amethyst can be carried in the pocket in tumbled stone form or natural crystal points. The color ranges from deep purple to lavender.  Sunlight can cause it to slowly lose its color.  

The healing properties of Amethyst are many.  It cleanses the aura and stimulates the throat and crown chakras.  Blocking geopathic stress and relieving physical and emotional pain, the Amethyst also treats insomnia. People have been known to put it under their pillow for out of body experiences. Being one of the most spiritual stones it encourages spiritual wisdom.  Amethyst boosts the production of hormones and fine tunes the endocrine and metabolism.  The emotional centering of the Amethyst makes it especially valuable.   

Whether wearing Amethyst as jewelry, placing it on display or carrying it in your pocket, Amethyst makes a wonderful asset for its beauty and healing qualities.
 

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