Amethyst is one of my all time favorite stones. I love the rich lilac and purple colors that characterizes this stone. Throughout the ages, it has had important meaning to people. Even today, it carries with it spiritual significance. Let’s talk about the history, uses, and meanings of amethyst!
What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is a type of quartz that embodies violet, purple, and sometimes purple-pink coloration. The stone’s name has roots in the Biblical Greek word Amethystos, which means ‘intoxicate.’
This semiprecious stone is formed naturally by lava when gas bubbles become trapped. This allows crystals to form inside of the bubbles. If these lava cavities are filled with silica-rich liquid with trace amounts of iron, these crystals can form.
The History of Amethyst
Ancient Greeks believed that Amethyst prevented people from experiencing drunkenness and, at the time, would drink from glasses made from Amethyst to avoid intoxication.
Kind of defeats the point, doesn’t it? I kid.
It was also used as a gemstone by ancient Egyptians, who carved them into engraved gems. Amethyst beads have been found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England and even today, Anglican bishops will wear an episcopal ring made from an amethyst.
Meanings And Properties
Throughout the ages, dating back thousands of years, Amethyst has held important meaning to people. Modern spiritual practices believe that the stone is protective and healing for us. They are said to create spiritual wisdom and reduce the presence of negative thoughts. Some view it as a stone of peace that connects us with an unseeable divine. Others believe it helps them think more clearly and focus better.
This stone is said to symbolize and carry these powers:
- Connectedness with the divine
- Protection from intoxication
- Spiritual wisdom
- Focus and clarity
- Healing of wounds
Uses for Amethyst
Amethyst is widely considered to be a tranquilizer, putting to rest the stormy seas that can live inside of our minds. It’s a strong stone, which makes it ideal for jewelry, like necklaces, rings, and earrings. This stone can also easily be carved into beads.
Even a small piece is said to have a big impact. You don’t need to carry a 2 pound piece of the stone with you everywhere you go. Even a small portion does the trick.
When it comes to these semiprecious stones and their various powers and meanings, your mileage may vary. The being you are interacts with the world in a unique way. If you’re in possession of this stone, don’t assume what it will do for you. Instead, keep an open mind and let its wisdom come to you. One person may find it calms them. Another may find that it focuses them and helps them remain strong and balanced. It all depends on who you are!