In case you haven’t noticed it yet this season, purple is in! Fortunately it is one of those colors that works all year round, especially with the pastel colors of spring and summer. This is the time of year when women start looking for ways to introduce more color to their wardrobes and amethyst jewelry might be just the solution.
The February birthstone, amethyst offers more than just a burst of violet color; it boasts a host of healing qualities that transcend the ordinary. It is precisely these powers that have made the amethyst such a well-known and sought after stone.
The natural luster of amethyst
Both striking and elegant, this amethyst gemstone necklace makes an unforgettable statement. It is handcrafted from genuine polished amethyst gemstones and strung on a 17” long necklace with a 3” extender. But amethyst isn’t just for women born in February; in fact of all the birthstones for sale amethyst is one of the most popular. It has a certain brilliant and color that attract people who appreciate natural beauty.
Whether one chooses a glamorous amethyst necklace, eclectic amethyst bracelet or delicate earrings, this unique form of violet quartz makes a definitive wardrobe statement. In addition to being the birthstone for many an Aquarius or Pisces woman, it is also the traditional 6th Anniversary gemstone.
What makes the amethyst so unique?
For centuries, the amethyst has been thought to have certain properties that empower healing, provide a sense of well-being and encourage spiritual growth. A powerful stone of the mind, it promotes self-realization, inner attunement and personal transformation.
The healing properties of the amethyst
Amethyst has also been long associated with religious practices in many cultures, starting with the Egyptian Book of the Dead. In it, devotees were instructed place a heart-shaped amethyst on the body of the deceased. The amethyst is spoken of as one of the many gemstones seen in the gates and foundations of Heaven.
They may not even realize it, but people who wear amethyst jewelry or carry an amethyst crystal are stimulating the Third Eye and Crown Chakras. According to New Age enthusiasts, the amethyst is also connected with the planet Jupiter and the element of the air.
Long prized as an amulet or ornament, its most common application of amethyst in the ancient world was the prevention of drunkenness. Few collectors realize that the origin of the word amethyst is from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning “non-intoxicating.”
The Chaldean Magi used the amethyst to protect against all sorts of evil sorcery, believing that it brought them good luck and access to hidden knowledge. At one time, the Chinese would rent pieces of amethyst when involved in a lawsuit to gain a more positive outlook and thus more favorable outcome.
What can an amethyst do today?
In addition to those who believe in the special healing powers of amethyst, many New Agers use it to protect themselves from electromagnetic stresses too. Like many crystals, it acts as a natural antidepressant and tranquilizer that can dispel anxiety, balance mood swings and soothe an irritable mood. Some say amethyst helps them to alleviate negativity, remember dreams and improve mental clarity.
With all of these wonderful qualities, one might wonder why amethyst isn’t sitting there on the shelf as a natural remedy at the local pharmacy, but very few people understand the metaphysical qualities of crystals. It is possible to find healers that focus on the seven chakras of the body, many of whom use amethyst in this setting to boost hormone production and stimulate the endocrine system. In addition to its mental and emotional healing ability, amethyst is often used to relieve swelling and bruising from injuries and it has been effective in healing skin and respiratory ailments.
If you are considering an amethyst simply for its natural beauty, imagine how much more you will value it for its natural healing properties.