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Amethyst Amethyst
A member of the quartz family, amethyst is a coarse grained stone with a purple color caused by the presence of manganese. The beautiful purple color can vary incredibly, from being so pale that the color is almost non-existent, to the deep purple that it is generally identified with, this is caused by the quantity of iron found in the stone.

A Little History:
The word "amethyst" comes from a Greek term meaning "not drunken". The basis for this comes from an from ancient Greek tale. Dionysus, the Greek god of alcohol and intoxication, was angered by a mortal who had insulted him. In retaliation Dionysus decided to kill the next mortal to cross his path. Conjuring up a pack of hungry tigers, Dionysus encountered a radiant young woman by the name of Amethyst. As the tigers came for her she prayed to Diana to protect her. Amethyst's prayers were answered and she was transformed into a statue of clear stone. Dionysus seeing this found regret for his actions and began to shed tears of wine onto the statue, which absorbed the color, creating the gemstone Amethyst. The amethyst has a rich and colorful place throughout history. During the Greek and Roman eras it was thought that amethyst would cure or prevent drunkenness, so wine goblets were fashioned from it. In Buddhism the amethyst is considered a sacred stone and is often used to make rosaries. The middle ages saw amethyst playing a role in the Catholic church. Thought to encourage piety, the stone would often be seen set into the rings of bishops. Royalty throughout the ages have favored the amethyst for its deep purple color. Catharine the Great, the pharaohs of Egypt, and even the British crown have featured this magnificent stone in their treasuries and wardrobes.

Healing & Metaphysical Properties:
Amethyst holds balancing properties. It helps facilitate a harmonious relationship between the mortal and spiritual planes. Because of these balancing effects amethyst is a perfect stone to be worn in times of uncertainty. It will assist in balancing mind, body and spirit in order for us to better focus on the tasks and obstacles we are faced with every day, thus calming our stress levels and bringing higher levels of contentment. Healing properties are extraordinarily high in this stunning gemstone. Wearing an amethyst is purported to help ward off illness as well as assist in recovery and healing. Its balancing effects keep the body aligned and centered. In mediation the amethyst opens the crown chakra, bringing balance and stability, as well as dispelling negative energy.

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