A member of the Quartz family, Amethyst is characterised by their distinctive purple colour and with a suitably durable rating of seven (7) on the Moh hardness scale they are ideal for all kinds of jewellery.
Amethysts form in long geometric crystals that grow inside hollow rocks or geodes created in pockets of volcanic rock formations. As the molten rock cools, the mineral-saturated water, gases and volcanic material crystallise and harden to form amethyst. Although generally more of a deeper purple, the stone can also have a reddish-purple tinge, or a very pale purple tinge that fades into a lilac.
Natural amethyst has been used for personal adornment for over 2000 years.
The February Birthstone
For those born in this month it is believed the stone will help strengthen relationships and that the wearer will gain more courage. The stone is also believed to enhance clarity
in the wearer’s life.
6th Wedding Anniversary Gemstone
It is said that the amethyst stone is to provide a calming and relaxed energy to the couple as they enter their next year of marriage. Jewellery or accessories utilising Amethysts are a common gift for couples celebrating their 6th anniversary.
Spiritual and Healing Properties
Amethyst crystals are one of the world’s most popular gemstones and have been in use for thousands of years, many believe that the Amethyst has properties to calm rage and to dispel fears and anxiety. It is said to dissolve negativity and to alleviate grief and sadness. The stones colour is said to be a natural tranquiliser and is highly regarded in spiritual circles to control evil thoughts but to also initiate wisdom and enhance thought process in challenging situations to encourage better decision making. In ancient times the natural stone was thought to purify the body of all toxins, they also believed that it was a protection against inebriation and therefore cast into wine goblets.
In fact, the word amethyst comes from the Greek word Amethystos which means sober and alludes to the idea of having a solid sober mindset. The stones were also laid upon the ill to draw out infection. Not only is the stone such a beautiful colour but it is surrounded by the belief that it is a pure, spiritual and uplifting addition to anyone’s life or wardrobe.
It is irrelevant if you believe in any of the above properties that so many take into account, but I am sure we can all agree on what a striking colour, and a flash of uniqueness it gives to our collection.