Origin: Worldwide, notably Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia
Mineral Species: Quartz
Mineral Group: Oxides
Chemical Formula: SiO2
Crystal System: Trigonal
Colour: Pale lilac / violet to deep purple
Typical Appearance: Normally as druzy clusters, in typical amethyst form. More rarely as individual prismatic crystals. Commonly massive.
Birthstone: Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius and Capricorn
Chakra Alignment: Third Eye
Origin of Name & Mythology: The name is from the Greek for “not drunken”, as it was worn as an amulet against inebriation.
Amethyst is a member of the quartz family, and considered a master healer. Coloured purple by iron atoms within the crystal lattice, Amethyst usually forms as a crystal lining of cavities within basalt rock. These crystals all point inwards towards the centre of the cavity and are known as 'Geodes'.
Amethyst is one of the most popular crystal types and is an important mineral for any healer or collector. Whether in its natural form, or polished and sculpted into shapes, Amethyst makes excellent ornaments for the home or office. It helps make the space feel clean and calm by picking up and clearing any negative thoughts that are emitted. Those in the viscinity will feel less stressed and should be able to work for longer periods of time.
Amethyst is an extremely soothing stone, and is good for psychic and spiritual development, bereavement and letting go of unhealthy thought or behaviour patterns. It is powerfully healing and cleansing, and can be used to block geopathic stress and negative energies in the environment, especially when a cluster is used. It is helpful in assisting sleep and relieving headaches, strengthens the endocrine and immune systems, acts as a pain reliever, and is a good all-round healing crystal. Helping to boost the immune system by stimulating blood flow and circulation, Amethyst is excellent for treating bacterial infections and can also be used to help those suffering from skin conditions and acne. People suffering from addictions and allergies may gain relief from Amethyst. Amethyst is extremely relaxing and helps calm the mind, thus relieving stress, and can be used by anyone who is feeling down or generally low. There are several different varieties of Amethyst, each with their own esoteric attributes and associations. To find out more about some special varieties of amethyst please click below: