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The name Amethyst is derived from the Greek word "amethystos", meaning “not intoxicated", and comes from an ancient legend. It is a member of the quartz family of minerals that are so prevalent in our planet's crust. Everyone knows Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz. That lovely purple, shading from the palest lilac to good deep violet and royal hues, is what gives amethyst its common name. It might not be as expensive as many other of the world’s most precious gemstones. But Amethyst gems still make for captivating jewelry and decorations.
For those who believe in crystal healing, it provides protection, calms the mind, promotes physical ailments, emotional problems, energy healing, chakra balancing, and divine spiritual wisdom. Amethyst is fairly easy to track down, even if gem-quality specimens are less abundant. It is believed that the powerful healing energy of amethyst can convert low vibrations to high frequencies and convert negative energy into love energy. Amethyst is a powerful and protective stone.
Individuals born in the month of February have a purple amethyst birthstone assigned. Amethyst crystal was very important to this ancient culture of wisdom, and the legends associated with it still exist today. According to legend, Saint Valentine wore an amethyst ring carved with Cupid’s likeness. It is found in most places where quartz ends: volcanic eruptions, intrusive volcanic rocks, metamorphic rocks, and hydroelectric veins depositing hot springs. The dramatically deep purple hues of Amethyst are known to have inspired civilizations around the world for thousands of years.