Amethyst is a beautiful lavender to deep purple, transparent crystal that forms as points such as the double point example above, clusters and geodes. Amethyst is a common crystal found all over the world but most of the Amethyst available comes from the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, East Africa, Siberia and India.
But what is Amethyst exactly? Well, its basically a clear quartz crystal that turned purple when trace particles of iron entered into the silica acid during the crystals formation. Without these trace amounts of iron, the amethyst crystal would be a clear quartz crystal. Natural Amethyst has a section of white/clear crystal at its base, sometimes going all the way up with only the tips of the crystal being purple.
Aside from its aesthetic beauty which lends itself beautifully to the interior design and decoration of many homes and offices, Amethyst, as with most semi-precious stones, also has powerful metaphysical properties that are still harnessed and used by many people and cultures today.
Amethyst has a high spiritual vibration and has many metaphysical uses. It is an excellent crystal for helping to cleanse the body and mind as well as a space or an object. If you suffer from depression this crystal can be a very beneficial tool in helping manage it as it has a tranquilizing effect that blocks geopathic stress and negative environmental energies which can exacerbate the symptoms of depression.
Using Amethyst as a tool in meditation is also helpful with depression and just stress in general as it helps to focus your thoughts and blocks negative energies. But one of the greatest properties of Amethyst is that is adapts to the needs of the person working with it. It both calms and stimulates the mind depending on the needs of the person at the time.
Because it is able to both calm and stimulate, it is also a great crystal for someone who is very up and down emotionally or scattered mentally. Amethyst will help to center your thoughts and emotions so that you feel more balanced emotionally and spiritually.
These properties are what gives Amethyst its wide myriad of metaphysical uses. If you're having a tough time making a decision, meditate with a piece of Amethyst. It's calming effect together with its ability to focus your mind will aid you in making a decision.
If you find that you're having recurring nightmares, try sewing a piece of Amethyst onto a dream catcher and hanging it near your bed. Dream catchers protect you while you sleep so adding a piece of Amethyst enhances the protection qualities by blocking negativity as well as adding calm to your subconscious thoughts.
If you're looking for a crystal to help stimulate your 3rd eye chakra, Amethyst is the crystal to look for as it opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities. Simply place it on your 3rd eye (or hold it in position) while you are meditating or performing a healing or a ritual/spell/prayer.
Speaking of healing, Amethyst is a great natural doctor! It can help get rid of headaches as well as physical, emotional and psychological pain and can even reduce bruising and swelling from minor injuries. It's even been said to have the ability to help in the treatment of hearing disorders. When using Amethyst to help heal, you can use it by holding it on or over the affected area you are trying to treat, or you can even soak it in water and use it as an infusion that you ingest as a drink.
Lavender and lilac Amethyst crystals have particularly high vibrations and both stimulate and calm the throat and heart chakras. You can wear it or keep one in your pocket near your throat or heart to have them work on you personally, or you can have clusters, geodes or even points/generators or tumbled/rough stones around the home, office or garden to promote and attract light and love into the environment.
The form of the crystal does not have an effect on the "quality" of the properties, so a polished tumbled stone is no better than a rough, unpolished piece of amethyst. What you decide to use is completely up to your own personal preference and is usually based on the look and feel, what you're drawn to physically or on a spiritual level.
Chevron is a unique looking type of amethyst that, you guessed it, has a chevron like pattern going through it. Chevron Amethyst is a combination of Amethyst and white quartz and is formed when single bubbles cool at various rates, resulting in various shades of purple. The bubbles that contain the least or no traces of iron become clear/white quartz, thus giving form to the Chevron Amethyst.
If you ever come across amethyst surrounded by small nodules on its sides, chances are that you've found a pineapple amethyst crystal. It's a pretty crystal and the clusters are often referred to as resembling the turrets on a Fairytale castle and as such, are said to be links to the fairy realm.
When contemplating working with Amethyst, think intuitively. Though there are universally accepted ways of using it, there is no 1 way or right way. Knowing what the properties are and how they can affect a person, a space or an object, use your own intuition for how you think it could best be used in a certain situation effectively and without causing harm to yourself or others.
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