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Etymology and history

The name of Amethyst comes from the Greek Amethystos. The Greek word "amethystos" may be translated as "not drunken", from Greek, not methustos, intoxicated. Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it. In Greek mythology, Dionysus, the god of intoxication, and of wine, was pursuing a maiden named Amethystos, who refused his affections. Amethystos prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a prayer which the goddess Artemis answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethystos's desire to remain chaste, Dionysus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple.

Amethyst description

Amethyst is the violet variety of quartz; its chemical formula is SiO2.

Crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac, or mauve is called Amethyst, a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness and to instill a sober and serious mind.

Amethyst is dichroic, showing a bluish or reddish purple tinge when viewed from different angles.

Usually faceted as a mixed or step cut, amethyst has a distinctive inclusions that look like tiger stripes, thumbprints, or feathers.

Amethyst gives us tangible proof of the spirituality there, I begin to perceive - amethyst strongly reinforces our intuitions. The longer saturated with the energy of amethyst, then, that in what only you believed hitherto, suddenly you can see - because this stone activates our 3 eye. Therefore, I recommend this stone to work with this chakra. This helps us to look in your own interior, and know each other, also at very deep levels. This amazing crystal can awaken our psychic abilities.

Amethyst in jewelry

Amethyst has been used by jewels from thousands of years. You may find amethyst stones in every types of jewelry as bracelets, necklaces, rings, broaches, earrings and pendants.


Amethyst is found in all alluvial deposits or in geodes. Some of the largest geodes containing Amethyst are in Brazil. Amethyst from Urals (Russia) has a reddish tinge. Other localities – Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Uruguay, Madagascar, Germany and United States.

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