Catherine the Great, Russian Empress, coveted it. Other Royals for over thousands of years claimed it as their stone. Surfacing time and time again among priests, clerics and the religious, this crystal has a rich history.
This beautiful, powerful, much sought after crystal is Amethyst. In the Christian Bible it is mentioned as one of the 12 stones embellishing the breast plate of the high priests of Yahweh. As in Catholicism it was deemed to represent piety and celibacy, it was an ornamental stone of the Bishop and generally worn as a ring. The Tibetans consider it sacred to the Buddha. And the Egyptians used it in their rituals.
On a more practical matter, from the Greeks myths into Renaissance times, it was
thought that to partake of wine from an amethyst cup would prevent intoxication. In some accounts amethyst was also ground up and mixed into the wine to keep one clear-headed. (We definitely do not recommend this!) Perhaps that is why today many believe that amethyst will aid in overcoming addictions and dependency.
The modern world loves amethyst as much as the ancients. Starting with the deep dark intense purples ranging down to lilac, amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones in the world. The abundance of the mineral, the many forms that it is available in, and the price range of the stone make amethyst not just available to the royals as in history, but to all of us.
Attributes of Amethyst include both those in the spiritual realm and the earthly plane. The vibration of the mineral promotes a calming effect and a peaceful feeling. As it opens and activates the crown chakra it is excellent for mediation where it provides a clear link between Earth and other worlds. In the dream world amethyst will aid in creating a pleasant dream state. Further it can offer a balancing effect between the intellectual, emotional and physical energies.
Protection is given to the wear of amethyst. It repels negative energy from both within and from the outside. Some believe that it will protect one from evil thoughts and the actions of others.
The healing power of amethyst is said to aid in the cure of many afflictions: hearing disorders, strengthen the skeleton system, reinforce correct posture, stimulate the nerves, aid in the relief from insomnia, and treat arthritis.
For thousands of years purple has rich meaning among society’s elite, from the rulers to the religious leaders. Robes of purple were in high demand because of the costly dying process to obtain the rich color. That desire was translated to the love of amethyst. And now thanks to the technology of mining and the rich mineral discoveries, we can all enjoy beautiful amethyst. Amethyst is not just for the rich folk anymore.