Purple Amethyst has been highly prized throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god, and is the traditional birthstone of that month. It is the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love.
Whether its crystals are left natural, polished as tumblestones, or faceted into magnificent jewels, Amethyst is a gem of beauty. It is a variety of Quartz found in many locations around the world, and forms as transparent crystals of all sizes in geodes, clusters and as long single crystals. The presence of manganese in clear Quartz produces Amethyst, while additional amounts of iron vary the purple coloration.
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Throughout history the special virtue of Amethyst has been that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. A stone worn on the body, especially at the navel, was thought to have a sobering effect on over-indulgence and physical passion.
Amethyst is a stone of spirituality and contentment, 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 creates a protective shield of Light around the body.