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History of Amethyst as a semi-precious stone
Amethyst is the name given to purple quartz.
Amethyst was considered a precious stone and as valued as diamond until the 18th century.
There were many ancient civilizations that appreciated its beauty, amethyst was already known in prehistory by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Because of its beauty and color, it became a symbol of wealth and power.
In the Middle Ages it was widely used in the elaboration of talismans and magic spells because it is considered as an amulet for the preservation of chastity and sobriety.
In the Catholic religion, amethyst was adopted as the Bishop's stone and even today some bishops use an amethyst ring.
When important natural deposits of amethysts were discovered in Brazil, this semi-precious stone became more accessible in value, making it possible to buy amethyst at much more attractive prices. Even so, amethyst quartz did not stop being one of the most coveted minerals in the world of jewelry and this wonder of nature is used to this day to make jewelry and other products with amethyst stones.
Etymology of the name amethyst.
The word amethyst has its origin in the Greek Amethystos which means not drunk.
The ancient Greeks and Romans used to use amethyst stone as an antidote to drunkenness.
This belief probably has its foundations in Greek mythology and in the cult of Dionysus, god of wine.
Pursued by Dionysus, who desired her, a chaste nymph named Amethyst cried out for help to the goddess Artemis, who turned her into a pure and colorless crystal to protect her. When the god saw what she had caused, she had remorse and as a sign of sadness she spilled the contents of her glass on the glass that turned purple, acquiring the color of wine. That is why in ancient times amethyst was attributed protective properties against the effects of wine.
Meaning of amethyst
Among all the minerals, surely the one with the most mystical significance is amethyst quartz.
Its purple color is the color of spirituality and therefore the amethyst stone is related to the seventh ray of the rainbow, which gives this quartz a deep esoteric meaning.
The new spiritual movements, the so-called “New Age” movements, attribute surprising energetic properties to amethyst and great importance, being one of the energetic minerals most used in esotericism. It is considered the stone of transmutation.
In astrology, amethyst is the stone of the sign of Pisces and as a birthstone it is associated with the month of February.
Furthermore, we cannot forget the great mystical relevance of this semi-precious stone in Catholicism and in ancient prehistoric cultures.
Energetic properties of amethyst stones
When we talk about the energetic properties of minerals , especially amethyst, we have to do it within the metaphysical framework.
Modern science does not support the claim that certain energetic and non-empirical properties reside in minerals and provide them with powers and characteristics beyond materialistic perception.
However, there are many energy properties attributed to amethyst and most of them are related to the use that has been given to amethyst in ancient times.
As we have mentioned before, there were not few powers attributed to this stone considered magical and until today amethyst is used as a receptacle of energy of any level with the ability to transmute these energies, transforming negative charges into positive and beneficial charges. for living beings.
Given that amethyst is a highly sought after mineral for its energetic properties today, it is encouraging to imagine that all the beliefs that revolve around this enchanted stone are true.
Within these principles that transcend the conventional we find the use of amethyst geodes and drusen to harmonize the environment. According to Feng Shui and also other techniques that use the energetic properties of amethyst at a paranormal level, it is advisable to decorate certain areas of the house with an amethyst geode or a large druse.
As regards the concept of the Chakras, supposed centers of vital energy of the body, amethyst quartz is linked to the sixth and seventh Chakras.
Since these are the Chakras responsible for intuitive vision and connection with the spiritual universe, we can say that amethyst is the stone of psychic strength, capable of sharpening the mind, intuition and strengthening spiritual gifts. It is also a powerful ally for concentration and meditation.
The use of the properties of amethyst to benefit the Chakras is done with the use of flat carved stones or pebbles that are positioned on the Chakra to be treated. Also, for this purpose, the use of jewelery or trinkets made of this natural stone is allowed. Apparently using an amethyst bracelet, pendant or earring of this mineral would already be enough to achieve the benefit provided by this semi-precious stone.
Also raw amethyst is indicated for the benefit of the Chakras. An amethyst geode in the room or an amethyst druse on the study table would be ideal for these purposes.
Beliefs about the therapeutic use of amethyst quartz
Although there is no scientific proof, there is a belief that amethyst stones have a lot of power and are protective minerals, so those who use them for therapy defend that amethyst can be used to calm, help in the unlocking energy, increasing memory capacity, relieving physical, emotional and psychological tensions by reducing stress caused by different factors and strengthening the mind.
The truth is that amethyst quartz has been used by ancient cultures for these purposes. The ancient Greeks and Romans already believed in its power to keep the mind healthy and protected from drunkenness. In the ancient Egyptian art of goldsmithing, amethyst had a medicinal and religious character, there was the belief that amethyst jewelry was imbued with magical and healing properties.
Characteristics and properties of amethyst stone
The amethyst mineral belongs to the group of the macrocrystalline quartz family, which is why it is often called amethyst quartz. On the Mohs scale it has a hardness of 7.
Of magmatic origin, this semiprecious stone of violet color can appear in nature as druse inside geodes, in the form of massive or present in seams.
The color that characterizes this mineral is due to the presence of iron in its composition. Depending on the amount of this impurity we will observe from a pastel lilac hue to an intense purple violet, this tone being the most valued and coveted.
Heat sensitive amethyst turns into citrine when heated to high temperatures.
Brazil, Uruguay, South Africa and Madagascar are the world's major producers of amethyst.
In southern Brazil and Uruguay the extraction of drusen and geodes predominates, the most demanded forms. But the amethysts of Uruguay are the most beautiful in the world due to their intense color and vitreous luster.
Amethyst mineral qualities
The qualities of amethyst are relative to its color, purity and transparency.
The more intense, vibrant and deep the color of the amethyst, the more commercial value the stone will have.
Apart from the color, the transparency also provides better quality to the amethyst stone in addition to other aspects such as the absence of inclusions, fissures or impurities.
A quality amethyst gem must be clean, deep in color, totally transparent and of optimal luster.
As an exception, we have some varieties of the mineral amethyst that are highly valued but do not follow these rules.
The rose de france amethyst is a spectacular variety of superior quality amethyst that has a light pinkish lilac color and therefore achieves great prestige in the semi-precious stone market.
Rutile amethyst gemstones (gold-colored inclusions) are highly prized in high jewelery and by collectors. In this case, the more rutile inclusions, the more valuable the amethyst gem.
Amethyst, how to clean and preserve this stone
A natural stone such as amethyst is usually very resistant and has a great durability if we know how to take care of it.
In general, a natural mineral can be passed from generation to generation with hardly any changes and a few small cares can help its beauty last for a lifetime.
How to clean amethyst?
We can understand by physical cleaning the process of removing dirt and dust from a piece of amethyst and energy cleaning the mystical ritual that is done to purify the mineral from harmful energies.
Physical cleaning :
If we have a rough amethyst, we must observe if the base is made of natural basalt or if it is made of painted mortar.
Normally the amethyst drusen from Uruguay have a natural basalt matrix while the amethyst geodes from Brazil are covered by mortar.
Both one and the other can be washed in running soft water, taking care to hold the piece very well to avoid blows. It is important to know that hard water can dull the brilliance of amethyst crystals and therefore it is advisable to always wash them in water with weak mineralization.
In the case of a geode covered with mortar, it is recommended to avoid long contact with water and never leave it submerged as the water can soften the mortar and the geode can break.
The amethyst should be allowed to dry naturally with the crystals facing down to make it easier for the water to drain off.
As they are carved amethyst pieces, the cleaning process can be carried out with a microfiber cloth soaked in water or mineral oil. Children's body oils tend to work well.
The oil not only cleans but also enhances the shine and seals the porosity of the stone, protecting the polish.
In all cases we should not use chemicals or abrasive materials.
Energetic cleaning of amethyst :
When amethyst is used for esoteric purposes, its wearer may have the need to clean it energetically.
Energetic cleansing is a ritual, which must be performed by the person who uses amethyst.
The best known rituals are the bath with water and salt, the sun and moon bath and the use of incense.
Salt should be avoided when cleaning amethysts set in metal, as the setting can oxidize.
The other pieces can be immersed in a solution of water and salt or in sea water, but afterwards they must be rinsed very well with soft water to avoid the deposition of salt on the crystals.
The moon and sun bath is done by leaving the piece exposed to the light of the full moon and then to the sunlight.
In this procedure it must be taken into account that amethyst crystals lose their color when exposed for a long time to ultraviolet rays. So if we use this ritual many times and for many hours the purple of our amethyst will lose its intensity.
Incense is a simple procedure and consists of leaving the amethyst exposed to the smoke of the incense while it is burning.
It is advisable to leave the instance well ventilated whenever incense is burning and to avoid breathing the smoke directly.
After the energy cleaning, it is always recommended to perform the physical cleaning.
How to preserve amethyst stones?
The ideal for a decorative piece of amethyst is that it be kept protected from light and protected from dust and pollution.
An amethyst exposed to direct light year after year loses color intensity and fades.
Jewelry made with amethyst should be stored in such a way that they do not maintain contact with other objects that could scratch the gem.
Other stones with greater hardness can damage the surface and polish of amethyst gems.
In general, amethyst is a stone that is very easy to preserve and highly durable.
Buying amethyst is easy in the UniArt store
We have rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings among other types of jewelry made with amethyst and sterling silver as well as other types of products of this beautiful semi-precious stone.
There are also for sale drusen of amethysts, geodes, esoteric products such as pendulums or bad Tibetans in amethysts.
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