Amethyst

Amethyst is, in essence, a purple variety of quartz. It becomes purple due to irradiation and in iron impurities in the crystal, and in some cases other transition metals.

This is one of the most famous and widespread stones out there. Before the 18th centrum, it was considered one of the most valuable stones. It was referred to as “A cardinal gem” along with Rubies, Safire’s, and Emeralds. It was also explicitly referred to in Buddhist text as the birthstone for people born in February, the stone was considered sacred and often turned into prayer beads.

A natural cluster of Amethyst
A natural cluster of Amethyst

It’s long history

In ancient Greece, this mineral was said to help with sobriety and was often fashioned into cups or worn in jewelry to help people stay sober during festivals.

Often this stone was carved into amulets as well

the French poet Remy Belleau invented a myth in which Bacchus, the god of wine, intoxication, and grapes. One day Bacchus was pursuing a young maiden named Amethyste, who refused his advances. Amethyste prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a prayer which the chaste goddess Diana answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethyste’s desire to remain chaste, Bacchus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple.

Attributes

In other accounts, this stone is said to help with awareness and also related to the opening of the third eye. It’s also said to make dreams more vivid if kept near the place of rest.

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