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Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and is well known as a February birthstone. Brazil and Zambia are the two largest producers of amethyst deposits. We are going to explore the history behind the use of Amethyst and how it can benefit us all (even if you are not a February baby).
The History of Amethyst
Amethyst's name is derived from the Greek word "Amethyostos" meaning "not intoxicated". It was said that Greek Gods believed that Amethyst could prevent intoxication and would therefore drink from goblets studded with this beautiful purple crystal.
Religious figures also wore amethyst as a protective stone against mystical intoxication. It was said that Saint Valentine wore an Amethyst ring with a carved image of cupid as a representation of love. Valentine's Day celebrations take place on the 14th of February as a celebration of Saint Valentine after his passing on the 14th February AD 269. This is also how Amethyst became the February birthstone.
Amethyst can also be seen on many royals as it was classed as a rare and expensive stone, until large deposits were discovered in Brazil.
Amethyst is closely linked to the Third Eye (the centre of perception and command), Crown (the gateway to the expanded universe) and Etheric Chakras.
Amethyst is said to reduce pain, swelling and bruising, making it a commonly used stone in aiding individuals suffering from migraines and arthritis.
It is said to calm an overactive mind, helping those with insomnia to induce sleep.
Amethyst is known to boost hormone production, strengthen the immune system, and to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system and endocrine glands.
Amethyst is said to easy anxiety and reduce anger. It also helps one gain understanding and wisdom. Amethyst can be used to help individuals to release sorrow from loss.
This crystal carries a high spiritual vibration and is commonly used for prayer and meditation in order to silence the mind. It is also very good at cleansing energy fields to remove psychic contamination.
There is a lot to love about February's birthstone, with one of the greatest gifts being it's stunning purple hues and the jewellery designs it accentuates.