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  • A Natural Tranquilizer…. 09 June 2015 | View comments

  • Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians, while Medieval Europeans soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle.  They believed it healed people and kept them cool-headed. 

    In England, Amethyst has been found in Anglo-Saxon graves and the Greeks believed this gemstone could prevent intoxication. 

    The name comes from the ancient greek words for “not”  and “intoxicated”, a reference to this belief.  Methystos (the Greek word for intoxicated) was also the name of a Nymph in Greek Mythology who was loved my Bacchus, the god of wine.  In the story his love was rejected in favour of Diana’s the goddess of chastity. 

    Consequently there was a strong belief in the ability of amethyst to quell any kind of passion and it was used to make rosaries and chalices.  Drinking out of these cups, one was thought to be safe from inebriation. 

    In the middle ages the idea arose that the colour of this stone itself could preserve sobriety and chastity and so violet fabric magical charms were made aplenty.

    Amethyst is a purple variety of Quartz.  It owes its violet colour to Iron impurities and the presence of trace elements. 

    The best varieties can be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the Far East.  Green Quartz is sometimes incorrectly called green amethyst.  On heating, Amethyst loses its purple hue and turns a rusty shade of brown.


    Amethyst Crystal Healing Properties

    Amethyst is believed to be an extremely powerful and protective stone. A natural tranquilizer, it enhances meditation and spiritual awareness.  It has strong healing and cleansing powers.  It is extremely beneficial to the mind, calming or stimulating as appropriate.  This calming effect may help with Insomnia, balancing out highs and lows and promoting emotional centering.


    Caribou Jewellery's Amethyst Collection

    If you know of any other myths or ancient uses for Amethyst we would love to hear about them in the comments section below? 

    Alternatively If you have experience of using amethyst for it's beneficial healing properties and feel like sharing your observations we would be really interested in hearing about these too?

    All the best.

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