A semiprecious stone that is actually a violet form of quartz, amethyst is very often seen worn as jewelry.  Ancient Greeks and Romans wore it and crafted drinking vessels out of it believing that it would protect them from drunkenness.  In fact its very name translates to “not intoxicated” in ancient Greek.  It has also been worn in the form of an amulet by European soldiers for protection during battle as it was believed that amethyst helped keep people cool headed as well as providing healing benefits.  Aside from being worn as jewelry, amethyst has been carved and engraved and used as an ornamental piece.  Its beautiful, famous purple color has generally been attributed to its manganese content since the 19th century, but some authorities argue that its color must derive from an organic source since it is capable of being altered and discharged through the use of heat.  Amethyst is February’s traditional birth stone and it exhibits a rhombohedral crystal system, a hardness of 7 on the Moh’s scale, a specific gravity of 2.65, a vitreous or glossy luster, and is transparent to translucent.  This gemstone can be found all over the world, but the most economically significant deposits are located in southern Brazil, Uruguay, and Madagascar.

Amethyst is commonly used to aid those who work in the creative arts.  It has been regarded as an artist’s stone, inventor’s stone, composer’s stone, painter’s stone, poet’s stone, and the like.  This is because it is believed to hone and amplify one’s creative elements and assist in creating new and original results using methods and tools of the past.  If you are a business person, diplomat, or negotiator this gemstone could benefit you as well.  It is claimed to cool an angry temperament and provide an advantage in a debate.  In addition to these keeping amethyst with you or wearing it in the form of jewelry against the skin may protect you from psychic attack, ill wishing, or paranormal harm by taking it and transforming it into positive and loving energy and turning it back out toward the universe.  If you have a pet that refuses to relax in its environment or a plant that just won’t grow you might consider placing an amethyst of natural form in those tricky spots and seeing if that seems to do the trick in counteracting whatever negative energy resides there.  Amethyst is also claimed to help curb bad habits, overindulgence, and addiction as well as facilitate a deeper connection between lovers.  The list of metaphysical benefits provided by amethyst is truly nearly endless, so this only names a few.

Amethyst is used by crystal healers to boost hormone production, stimulate oxygenation of the blood, treat arthritis, and promote good health of the digestive tract, stomach, heart, and skin.  It may also help in the case of hearing disorders, insomnia, an overstimulated brain, headaches, migraines, and more.