Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz. Its name is derived from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated”. Amethyst is thought to prevent against drunkenness and overindulgence. Ancient Greeks and Romans routinely studded their goblets with Amethyst believing wine drunk from an Amethyst cup was powerless to intoxicate. Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February.
Healing properties of Amethyst
Amethyst has healing powers to help with physical ailments and emotional issues. Amethyst crystal therapies are primarily associated with physical ailments of the nervous system and curing of nightmares and insomnia.
Sources of Amethyst
Amethyst is the purple variety of the mineral Quartz, and is its most famous and valuable gem variety. Quartz also contains other gemstones such as Citrine, Rose Quartz, and Smoky Quartz. The color of Amethyst is most often caused by iron impurities, though it can also be colored by natural radiation exposure.
Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, Russia as well as in Zambia, Namibia, Madagascar and other African countries.