Amethyst is a violet variety of quarts. Not only is Amethyst stunning in all rights, but it also is highly esteemed through out history for its legendary powers to heal and promote fortes stimulation with in the mind and body. Ancient Greeks and Romans routinely studded their goblets with Amethyst believing wine drunk from an Amethyst cup was powerless to intoxicate. Catholic bishops also wore Amethyst in rings to protect from mystical intoxications. It was practiced routinely and by kissing the ring it also kept others from similar mystical intoxication and kept them grounded in spiritual thought. (The kissing of rings with gems makes more sense now as it has been portrayed through theatrical performances time and time again.) Travelers wore the stone as protection from danger including surprise attacks and treachery. The Egyptians carved heart shaped amulets of Amethyst for burial as a connection to the divine. At times throughout history the Amethyst as a precious stone was so well sought that it was valued as much as diamonds. The worth of this stone was immeasurable towards its properties.
Amethyst is also known for its metaphysical abilities to still the mind and inspire an enhanced meditative state. Its inherent high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy or attachments, and is considered to create a protective shield of Light around the body, allowing one to remain clear and centered while opening to spiritual direction. Amethyst is said to enhance cognitive perception as well as accelerating the development of intuitive and psychic ability through stimulation of the Third Eye, Crown and Etheric Chakras. It initiates wisdom and greater understanding, and is a stone of comfort for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Amethyst has been used to create balance and help with insomnia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, reoccurring nightmares and even over activeness and impatience by assisting the transmission of neutral signals through the brain.
Amethyst ranges in hue from pale red-violet to deep violet, and may be transparent or opaque. It is sometimes layered with white Quartz as Chevron Amethyst, found in combination with Cacoxenite, mixed with Citrine as Ametrine. Amethyst is a beautiful and exceptionally stimulating gemstone for wearing on the body and for enhancing one’s environment.