Information, Popular Pairings, and Proper Care for Amethyst.

Amethyst (pronounced am-eh-thist) crystals grow on the inside surface of agate geodes. While the crystals themselves may grow to be several inches, the geodes containing the amethyst crystals often reach several feet in height. This majestic gemstone ranges in color from deep purple to pale lavender depending on the presence of manganese and iron. Amethyst can also appear reddish-purple or yellow-purple depending on the combination of minerals present in the clear quartz.

This regal gemstone traditionally adorned the robes and crowns of rich and powerful monarchs. Because purple is the color associated with wealth and prosperity, amethyst is still considered a prosperous stone, so wear it boldly. Nothing shows better than amethyst in gold. For an earthier feel, try pairing amethyst with amber or smoky quartz and sterling silver. For a more delicate feel, combine amethyst with aquamarine, rose quartz, pearls or garnet.

Metaphysical PropertiesLeonardo da Vinci once wrote that amethyst holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one's intelligence. Healers have been using amethyst to increase their psychic abilities and intuition for centuries. Cross-culturally, this popular gemstone was used as a symbol of peace and unification. It is also thought to evoke feelings of serenity and calmness in those who wear it.

Amethyst is often used during meditation to provide an overall sense of spiritual balance. Some naturopaths will use amethyst to help treat insomnia and sugar imbalances, and to relieve headaches.

Geological PropertiesAmethyst is a naturally-occurring, macrocrystalline (meaning large crystal formations) variety of quartz. Geodes containing amethyst crystals are formed when clay, silt, sand or gravel are deposited and compacted by running water. Some of the largest amethyst geodes have been found in Brazil. Other locations where amethyst is mined include Sri Lanka, India, Uruguay, Madagascar, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Africa, Russia, and the United States. Were amethyst less abundant, it would be even more highly-prized and expensive.

Mineral Properties of Amethyst

  • - Mineral Information

    Crystalline Quarts

  • - Chemical Composition


  • - Appearance

    Purple, violet, red-violet

  • - Hardness

    7 (Mohs)

  • - Specific Gravity


  • - Refractive Index


  • - Cause of Color

    Manganese and iron

Proper CareThis stone is fairly hard and durable, so it can be cleaned using a steamer and ultrasonic cleaner.

**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Atlantic Gems, Inc. does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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