The soothing energy of February’s birthstone
Soothing, cool hues of violet are the signature colour of Amethyst gemstones. Known for its calming, balancing properties Amethyst is a stone to hone your intuition and encourage wellbeing. Learn about the history, provenance and properties of Amethyst in our guide to find out if it resonates with you.
The history of Amethyst
Amethyst is a purple hued variety of Quartz, named after the Ancient Greek word ‘Amethystos’ meaning “not drunk” or “sober” as Greek and Romans believed Amethyst stones would protect the wearer from intoxication – in fact ancient Greeks carved drinking vessels from the gemstone in the hopes it would maintain their clear head and quick wit while drinking. Amethyst was worn by the English during the middle ages to symbolise royalty. Throughout the age of the Old World Amethyst was revered as one of the most precious stones, considered a Cardinal gem until large deposits were discovered. Tibetan quartz is one of the oldest gemstone formations on the planet, their location high in mountains have made the stones revered by Tibetans as ‘eyes of God’ who believe Amethyst to be sacred to the Buddha and use the stone to make prayer beads.
Where is Amethyst from?
Amethyst can be found across the globe, with large deposits found in Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguary, Zambia, and Ontario. Smaller amounts are foundin Spain, Argentina, Russia, Afghanistan, South Korea, Mexico and the United States.
The properties of Amethyst stones
Amethyst is a soothing stone associated with feelings of calmness, balance, intuition and wellbeing. It is used in meditation practices and has long been valued for its beautiful violet hues.
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