Geologic: Amethyst is a variety of Quartz that has a presence of Manganese giving it its striking purple color. The varying content of Iron is why the color ranges from deep purple to pale lavender. Amethyst occurs all over the world either in crystalline or massive form, and has a hardness of 7. Amethyst has been mentioned as early as 315 B.C. (by Theophrastus) and was named for the Greek word “not drunken”, since it was believed to prevent intoxication.
- Metaphysical: This is a stone of spirituality and contentment, opening and activating your crown chakra. Amethyst is a great stone for meditation, helping both bring you to a state of peace and in holding a calm energy. Balancing for the energies of the intellectual, emotional, and physical bodies providing for a clear connection between the Earth plane and higher realms. Amethyst transmutes dysfunctional energy into the higher spiritual and ethereal levels bringing clarity of mind. Amethyst is said to have been one of the stones in the breastplate of the high priest.