Once the privilege of royalty, throughout the ages Amethyst was held to be more valuable than a diamond. Its protective energy made it a prized possession of the Kings and Clergy. Bishops exclusively wore amethyst rings as a symbol for the deity of Christ, the British decorated their regalia with amethyst to symbolize royalty while Leonardo Da Vinci claimed that amethyst helped clear his mind of evil thoughts.
How to Identify Amethyst
A member of the quartz family, amethyst is tinted lavender to deep purple by the addition of manganese and iron impurities to the quartz.
There are a few ways to tell if an Amethyst is authentic. The color is the first place to start. Some gems may have a slightly reddish undertone, but should still remain primarily purple. Whether the stone is lavender, a deep violet, light lilac, or even crimson or a bright red, the clarity is paramount to determine if the stone is real or not. The more clear and clean the gem, the more precious it is.
The other way to identify a real amethyst is by the feel of the gem. An authentic amethyst feels cool to the touch. One trusted method for testing this is by placing the amethyst on your forehead. If it is real, you should feel the amethyst as cool or cold, if the amethyst is not, the gem will warm up to your body temperature.
Known as The Protector Stone, Amethyst helps dispel negative energy and promote heightened intuition, clear-mindedness and calmness. It is also an excellent gemstone for meditation.
Amethyst’s light slightly-pinkish violet to deep grape purple color symbolizes protection and tranquility.
Known as the Protector stone, it guards against psychic attack, turning negative energy into love and protecting the wearer from all types of harm, including stressors and ill wishes from others.
During the Renaissance, Amethyst has stood for humility and modesty.
Throughout the ages, powerful and rich monarchs have used Amethyst as a symbol of royalty. Rumor has it that Amethyst was a personal favorite of Queen Catherine the Great of Russia.
Naturally tranquilizing, amethyst relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Protecting the wearer, amethyst alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity.
Your spiritual awareness is activated, your intuition opened, and psychic abilities enhanced. Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers. It calms and stimulates the mind, helping you become more focused, enhancing memory and improving motivation.
Amethyst assists in remembering and understanding dreams. It relieves insomnia. Encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom.
How to Use Amethyst Gemstones in Your Daily Life
Amethyst is valuable in treating the central nervous system as well as the brain. When worn close to the head, as in a pair of amethyst earrings, not only are they said they alleviate a headache, but they will also help clear one’s thinking process, allowing one to process information more efficiently.
Amethyst is also believed to loosen blocks in the mind where mental functioning has become confused and undirected, and frees the way to clearer thinking. It is also believed to help people who suffer from a faulty memory.
Amethyst is an excellent stone for diplomats, negotiators, and business people. It calms angry temperaments and gives a distinct advantage in situations where debating is required.
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