Amethyst is the birthstone of February. But what about the power of Amethyst & its spiritual meaning?
I spent a lot of time in the Tucson gem show, resonating around 6 foot tall pieces of Amethyst. I always feel my rocks but this experience was exponential. When I spoke to my gemologist friend Jo Williams, she said it is because Amethyst, literally throws out energy from the points of its shards. Wow, now that is powerful.
I have always felt that amethyst is an under looked stone of 'value' in the gem world. We tend to look at these four precious gemstones as valuable: Diamond, Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire. This is true, they are but mainly because historically, these stones were named as 'precious' purely because they were harder to find at the time. All stones are precious and depending on how easy they are to source can greatly affect their market value. However, when it comes to how we can use these stones spiritually and energetically, wow - then this really does change the game when it comes to the 'value' of our beloved Amethyst.
Amethyst spiritual meaning
Amethyst gemstones were once worn on the breast plates of High Priests and are known as a 'stone of spirituality and contentment'. She is a wonderful facilitator to help you transform your lower energies into higher frequencies of both the spiritual and ethereal levels. A stone that represents the process of a complete metamorphosis, she is the butterfly of the gem world. She will encourage you to spread your wings into a glorious display of beauty from the darkness of your cocoon into full flight. The world needs amethyst.
Below are my favourite Amethyst earrings from the Opulence collection
Amethyst for meditation
Amethyst balances the physical, mental and emotional bodies. known as a wonderful gem for meditation, she opens and activates your crown chakra acting as an excellent conductor to help you create peace, calm and tranquillity within. Amethyst is a gem with deep healing and cleansing powers and is historically known to help free you from addictions to substances and people. She helps clear negative, intoxicating energies and behavioural patterns. By directing love to the amethyst the energy is increased and returned to the wearer and will clear away unproductive and unkind vibrations. She is a good friend. Sit with Amethyst and adjust your frequency to hers. You are an organic being which means your energy and your frequency will attune and be raised to match the energy and the frequency of the Amethyst crystal.
What colour is Amethyst?
We often think of amethyst as a dark purple gem only, but amethysts actually occur in a range of colours from light purple to a rich, dark, nearly opaque purple. Amethyst can also be reddish, and purple and when both amethyst and citrine are discovered in a quartz gemstone, you get Ametrine, which comes in beautiful bands of yellow and purple. Ametrine is one of my favourite gemstones and one of the first stones I used in my first ever collection.
The Ametrine Queen Ring, Regal Collection
What Chakra does Amethyst stimulate?
The final chakra is our purple chakra, which is called Sahasrara, meaning “'thousand-petaled.” This chakra is found at the crown of your head and is associated with the colours purple and white. Sahasrara is the centre of enlightenment and is the most spiritual of all the chakras. Sahasrara is meant to control spirituality, consciousness, and enlightenment.
Where is Amethyst Found?
Most amethysts are found in volcanic rocks with the largest deposits in Brazil and Uruguay. Prior to the discovery of Brazil and Uruguay’s vast deposits, most commercially mined amethyst came from Russia and Siberia. Amethyst is mined all over the world. We are very fortunate to have this glorious gemstone with wonderful healing properties in abundance. Amethyst is mined particularly in Africa, Sri Lanka and Borneo and many amethysts come from India too.
The history and mythology of Amethyst
A gemstone which got its name in ancient times from the belief that it helps to keep you sober. Or rather, drink as much as you like - and you will not get too drunk and better still, you won’t suffer a hangover. If only this could be true. However, this rich coloured purple amethyst gem, since historical times has been used to help free people from any unwanted addictive behaviours including overindulging in alcohol.
Where does the word Amethyst come from?
The word comes from the Greek amethyein or amethystos meaning ‘not be drunk’. This stems from a Greek myth about a beautiful girl called Amethyst. Girl (Amethyst) meets boy. The girl doesn’t fancy the boy (Dionysius, the Greek god of wine and enjoyment), so the boy kills her. Let’s call this ‘ghosting’ for now. I know, right? Talk about history repeating itself…yawn. However - fear not! ‘Amethyst’ is saved by a goddess called Artemis who transforms her into a pure white crystal. Phew! Boy regrets his actions (aka boy comes back) and spills red wine onto the quartz crystal —hence the purple colour — thus creating ‘amethyst’. Lucky us, for Amethyst, is one of my favourite gemstones to this day.
The Amethyst Queen Cocktail Ring, Regal Collection
Story of the Ring
This oval, facet-cut African Amethyst beauty stole my heart while I was sifting through a packet of purple gemstones in the back streets of Jaipur. This is how I make my rings. First I find and fall in love with the gem and then I create a design to celebrate that gem in all of its resplendent glory.
The beautiful, purple February birthstone is one of the world’s most popular purple gemstone, which is why you’ll see many people wearing amethyst jewellery even if it’s not their birthstone.
Amethyst anniversary and birthstone
Amethyst is a wonderful gemstone to celebrate a 6th wedding anniversary. Or to gift yourself.
It is also the birthstone of February. So this gemstone makes a wonderful gift for an Aquarian. It is also a fabulous gemstone for zodiac signs: Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
Chakras – Third Eye Chakra, Crown Chakra
Birthstone – February
Zodiac - Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
Typical colours - light violet to deep purple
Spiritual awareness. Psychic abilities. Inner peace and healing. Healing of body, mind and soul. Positive transformation. Meditation. Balance.
Amethyst is a 6th anniversary gemstone