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The History and Uses of Amethyst

The ‘Elevator’

I like to think of Amethyst as a ‘best friend’ stone which will come to your aid when you are unhappy or unhealthy, lend you courage to recover plus support and motivate you while doing so. (Keith Mason, owner of Avena).

  • Birthstone- February.
  • Zodiac- (Associated with) Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Pisces.
  • Planet- Jupiter.
  • Element- Air, Water.
  • Colour- From light slightly pinkish violet to a deep grape purple.

Amethyst is an excellent all-purpose Crystalline Quartz stone which is said to bring emotional stability and great inner strength. A semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was known as a “Gem of Fire” and was then a more precious stone worth as much as a diamond. Associated with Neptune, the Water God and St. Valentine, it carries the energy of fire and passion as well as faithful love and is often exchanged between two lovers to strengthen their commitment. It also signifies ecclesiastical dignity as the Bishop’s Stone and is worn by Catholic Bishops.
Used in its natural crystal form or polished as a healing tumble stone, a heart, palm stonewand or sphere it can be held, carried or simply placed in a room to gain the benefits of it’s vibrations and energy or when worn you not only have a beautiful piece of amethyst jewellery, but will also feel the stone energising you as you wear it.
Amethyst is a wonder gem whose beauty has been admired and properties utilised for thousands of years.
Amethyst is a variety of Quartz found in many locations around the world, and forms as transparent, terminated crystals of all sizes in geodes, clusters and as long single terminations. It is also found in vitreous masses and polished into wonderful specimens and popular shapes. To see our full range click here.

Amethyst in Gift Box

For the Mind-

Amethyst soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety or worry making it a great stress reliever is was reputed to control evil thoughts. It calms and stimulates the mind, helping you become more focused, enhancing memory and improving motivation. Amethyst is a great accompaniment while dealing with money or legal issues helping lead to prosperity and abundance. Amethyst is often worn during contemplation and is an ideal gift for anyone with a major decision to make.

Amethyst Wind Chime

For the Body-

Amethyst strengthens the endocrinal and immune system, the pineal and pituitary glands; it’s an exceptional blood cleanser and energiser. It can also help heal personal losses and grief. Throughout the ages Amethyst has also been used to assist in getting rid of addictions to alcohol, drugs and smoking plus other destructive compulsive behaviours and simply carrying a piece of Amethyst in a bag or pocket can help ones will power. Ancient Greeks and Romans actually studded their goblets and drinking vessels with Amethyst gems believing wine drunk from such a cup was powerless to intoxicate. Amethyst also helps with headaches (rub it across your forehead to offer relief), insomnia (Put an amethyst under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams and help with insomnia), arthritis, menopause, PMS, and many other general healing issues including strengthening the body to fight against cancer. Amethyst also reduces bruising, swellings, injuries, and treats hearing disorders.

Amethyst Wand

For the Spirit-

Amethyst stimulates the third eye, crown and etheric chakras enhancing cognitive perception while increasing spirituality and enhancing intuition and psychic powers of all kinds by making a clear connection between the earth plane and other planes and worlds. Amethyst is used for meditation and lucid dreaming. It opens the channels to telepathy, past life regression, clairvoyance, and communication with angels. Amethyst is not only a psychic protection stone, but is also used as protection from thieves, and to protects travellers keeping them safe making it an ideal stone for anyone travelling a lot. It also encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom while being powerful, psychic stone of protection against witchcraft and black magic. Amethyst items can be placed around the house or work place to keep the air and life force clean and positive. Placed in a window that receives sunlight it can heal the negativity of a whole room but be aware the colour can fade over time.

Amethyst Sphere

What’s in a name?

The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” and comes from an ancient legend. Bacchus (hence the term Bacchus stone) also known as Dionysus, a wine god was angered over an insult and declared that the next person he should meet would be attacked and devoured by his tigers. Unfortunately this was a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship. At the shrine of Diana the tigers attacked Amethyst who prayed to her Goddess for protection. Dianna saved Amethyst by transforming her into a clear crystalline statue to protect her. Dionysus immediately deeply regretted his actions and some say cried tears of wine which he poured over the crystal statue as a peace offering giving the stone its deep purple hue and thus creating Amethyst the stone.

Amethyst Tumblestone

As a Gift-

Amethyst makes a great gift for so many different people and occasions as it’s so easy to reap the positive benefits by simply holding a piece, carrying some with you, placing it in your home, office or workplace, by your bed or wearing it as jewellery. It’s ideal for anyone feeling down, in mourning or generally in need of motivation or comfort. A fantastic idea as a housewarming gift, birthday present, Christmas or Valentines gift (due to it’s connection with St. Valentine) plus it is said to be best given on your 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. Ideal for anyone making a decision or needing clarification of mind while learning, studying or to relive stress.

Amethyst Crystal Twist Bracelet


  • Meditative
  • Peacefulness
  • Happiness
  • Contentment
  • Calming
  • Balancing
  • Spiritual awareness
  • Psychic abilities
  • Inner peace and healing 
  • Healing of body, mind & soul
  • Positive transformation
  • Meditation
  • Relieves stress
  • Communication
  • Patience
  • Peace
  • Increases nobility
  • Wealth

Amethyst Heart

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