In the ranks of crystals with metaphysical properties, few are as famous or as distinctive as amethyst. One of very few stones with its unique purple colouration, amethyst is a form of quartz that contains iron and other trace minerals within its structure.
Just like Fluorite, Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is also used to eliminate impatience.
Amethyst is one of the stones that was most highly prized in the ancient world, and continues to be prized by many people today.
Amethyst is found all over the world, with some of the most precious deposits still found the vicinity of Greece, Italy, the Middle East, and the north of Africa.
Today, it can also be grown very easily in laboratories, just like most quartz crystals.
There is no problem with using laboratory-grown amethyst – the only reason not to is if you are interested in using a piece of amethyst that comes from a specific place that has personal meaning to you.
As long as you are actually buying amethyst, and not purple-coloured glass, the characteristics are exactly the same, and laboratory amethyst sidesteps the problems with worker safety that many mined gemstones face.
The legendary powers of amethyst are virtually unmatched and it holds a unique place in the ranks of crystal lore. Read on to learn more about its specific purposes.