Purple Power: Amethyst

Purple Power: Amethyst

Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone that has been popular throughout history for its aesthetic and healing properties. Here are some interesting facts about amethyst:

  • Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones in the world, and it has been sold as jewelry all over the globe.
  • Amethysts have inspired many works of art, including cartoons, paintings, and literature.
  • The crystals in amethyst geodes are incredibly beautiful, and we can see a variety of color ranges thanks to UV radiation from the sun.
  • Throughout history, amethysts have been used for aesthetic and healing purposes in many different civilizations.
  • The Ancient Egyptians used amethysts for intaglio engravings, while medieval European warriors wore amethyst amulets for protection in combat.
  • In Ancient China, amethyst was believed to increase wealth and improve feng shui in a space, while in Tibetan culture, monks used amethyst in Buddhist beads to help in prayer.
  • The meaning and culture of amethysts has changed over time, and now they are widely available on all scales, from beautiful displays of geodes in the Grand Canyon to rare ‘Deep Russian’ amethysts at auctions.

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    Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones out there. They have been sold worldwide as jewelry, and serve as inspiration for cartoon characters, art, writing, and everything else in between. It’s hard to see why we wouldn’t use them more when anyone can see just how pretty the crystals from these geodes are. We are able to see a variety of these color ranges due to UV radiation from the sun. 

    Throughout history, these beautiful geodes have been used in different civilizations for aesthetic and healing purposes. One of the earliest times in history that amethysts were used as gemstones was when Ancient Egyptians would frequently use them in antiquity for intaglio engravings. Intaglio engravings were luxury art forms of carefully carved images into stone. Amethyst amulets were worn by medieval European warriors as protection in combat in the idea that amethyst heal individuals and keep them clear-headed, just as the Greeks thought amethyst jewels could prevent intoxication. 

    There was also a spiritual idea in Ancient Europe that these precious gemstones would provide relief and protection against bodily harm. Whereas in Ancient China, having amethyst would help increase wealth and improve feng shui in a space. It was believed to help ward off negative energy and hazards in people’s daily life. In Tibetan culture, monks often used amethyst in Buddhist beads and it was believed it would help in prayer. 

    Over time the meaning and culture of amethysts changed and, in order to see these beautiful geodes, you would have to go to a museum or exhibition. They were not typically found in mines until the 18th century when large deposits in Brazil were found. Now amethyst is found in countless regions throughout the world and is available on all scales. From beautiful displays of geodes in the Grand Canyon to the rarest ‘Deep Russian’ amethyst at auctions, anyone can find joy and healing in the gemstone. 

    We invite you to experience the healing energy of amethysts: take a look at our collection!

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