Amethyst Crystal: Meanings, Properties, Uses, Benefits & More

It’s been kept in homes and incorporated into talismanic jewelry since 5000 B.C., so it’s hard to argue that Amethyst has been loved and kept close to us for a very long time. In today’s article, we’re going to take a deep dive into the lore behind the semiprecious gemstone that has been referred to as ‘The Stone of Peace’ and ‘The Tears of Dionysus’.

We’re going to start off with a quick overview, followed by some general usage, and then we’ll get a little more specialized. Read on to find out things like the numerology behind this amazing stone, it’s suitability for use in Runic works, Feng Shui tips for incorporating it into your home and more!

Let’s explore what Amethyst has to offer behind it’s stunning purple brilliance!

Getting Started With Amethyst – A Quick Profile

Before we get into the ‘nitty gritty’ on Amethyst, let’s take a look at this stone from a quick, ‘at a glance’ level. This will give a bit of a mental profile of the stone as a foundation before we build on this with properties, Feng Shui aspects, and more. Think of it as a ‘purple primer’ for the basics that you need to know about Amethyst!

Amethyst– aka ‘The Stone of Peace’ or ‘The Tears of Dionysus’

Color: light to rich purple and reddish-purple

Rarity: Common

Found in: Amethyst is found in many places, with Uruguay and Brazil being more notable ones, though it is also found in India and in South America, there are Amethyst mines in Uruguay. Ontario, Canada has one of the largest Amethyst mines and you can also find it in the United States – in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Most commonly used for: Calming, self-exploration, healing, and meditation.

Description: Amethyst is a coarsely-grained and often transparent form of quartz. Simply put, this semiprecious stone is basically just ‘purple quartz’ from a Geological and Mineralogical perspective.

Now that we’ve gotten a foundation of the basic facts, let’s take a look at how Amethyst is used most commonly so that you can see exactly what this lovely semiprecious gemstone can do for you!

Amethyst Properties

People have kept Amethyst close for a long time and it’s not just for the amazing aesthetics. Ayurvedic practitioners, for instance, laud it’s healing properties. It is said to improve endocrine function, reduce headaches, help with the immune system, and is even said to be good for the skin.

It is also said to promote good meditation and to assist in sleeping. With it’s associations with association in Greek mythology to the tears of Dionysus, some say that Amethyst is a good stone for drinkers to keep nearby. The reminder of ‘Dionysus’s folly’ is thus used to help to keep one healthy and sober.

Spiritually, Amethyst is said to assist with opening the third-eye and it’s association with Diana and Dionysus makes it a good conduit spiritually with the divine. With it’s healing, spiritual, and clarity factors, the lovely Amethyst is indeed a good stone to keep handy in the home.

Place it close to your altar or in the room where you meditate if you want to use it for spiritual and awareness gain and if you are using it to help with sobriety, then a bedside table in the bedroom is a good placement option, though an amethyst ring or necklace would be much better.

Amethyst in the livingroom may also be used to promote peaceful discourse, as well as physical comfort from the healing attributes of this lovely purple stone.

Amethyst Meaning & Symbolism

The reddish-purple to dark purple hues of Amethyst are reminiscent of a fine wine, evoking inspiration and clarity like alcohol taken in minimum provides. In the Greek myth which we will expand on in the history section, Amethyst is also said to have been created when Dionysus realized a mistake that he made and spilled his wine on the ground, forever coloring the stone.

The clarity that comes with Amethyst is said to act as a purifier, making the area it accompanies a place of peace and meditation. When factored in with the healing properties of Amethyst, it is also a clarity that promotes healthy physical well-being and growth.

Amethyst as a Birthstone

Amethyst is a birthstone of February, so those who were born on this month would do well to keep a little Amethyst close, be it in their pocket or worn in a piece of jewelry.

From the Zodiac perspective, however, Amethyst encompasses Pisces, relegating it to February 20th to March 20th, so those who were born in February but before the 20th would be advised to wear a Garnet if they want a Zodiac stone, as Garnet is the stone of Aquarius.

Amethyst Numerology

There is a lot in a name, as we all know, and so it behooves us to take the name of Amethyst and to see what Numerology says about this stone. We’re going to do exactly that in this section, so that you can see what Amethyst from this aspect to help you to better decide if this is a stone that will serve you well. Analyzing by the name is a great way to help to see why people attribute certainly qualities, as very often Numerology will ‘back up’ what has been said about particular items such as semi-precious and precious stones.

So, with that in mind, let’s break it down Numerologically. To do this, we’ll calculate the following:

  • Personality number – Overall count of consonants in the name
  • Heart’s desire number – Overall count of vowels in the name
  • Destiny number – overall count from all letters of the name

Personality Number

The ‘Personality number’ is the general energy that this stone sends into the world and we calculate it by adding up the consonants of the name and reducing it to it’s core number.

  • Amethyst
    • m+t+h+s+t
    • 4+2+8+1+2=17
    • 1+7=8

Major Influence Number: 8

8 is an interesting number. It has influences of Saturn to it and basically denotes a quite soul that speaks little, while moving powerful pieces into place. It is a number of balance, values, justice, and peace, and it’s quite fitting that this would come up Numerologically for Amethyst.

Minor Influence Number: 2

The number 2 is a number of romantics and of creative souls. With the influence of 2, Amethyst is imbued with encouraging aesthetics – taking a moment to enjoy fine scents, tastes, sights, and sounds. This factor likely is a part of why this stone is so good for meditation, allowing one to forgo thought and to simply relax – and experience.

Heart’s Desire Number

The ‘Heart’s Desire’ is the motivation and goals to which this stone is most aligned. This is determined by the count of the vowels in the name, broken down to their essential number.

  • Amethyst
    • A+e+y
    • 1+5+7=13
    • 1+3=4

Major Influence Number:4

4 is the number of characters – individual souls, to be specific. As it is ruled not only by Uranus, but by the Sun, as well, this is the aspect of those who ‘travel off the beaten path’ and it also associated with being secretive. This makes Amethyst quite the powerful stone to have for those who are secretly developing their potential through careful planning and meditation in contemplation of the self.

Minor Influence Number

No minor influence numbers are present for this stone, making the 4 not only dominant, but a singular and focused force with Amethyst. This resonates with the stones association with justice and balance. Amethyst aligns exactly, with no deviation, and this is quite interesting to know and to note.

Destiny Number

The ‘Destiny number indicates how the stone effects are expressed towards one’s goals and it is determined by calculating the total of all of the letters on the name and reducing them to their core number.

  • A+m+e+t+h+y+s+t
    • 1+4+5+2+8+7+1+2=30
    • 3+0=3
    • Major influence number: 3

3 is a number which is ruled by Jupiter and denotes a spiritual freedom that rules beyond the realm of everyday concerns. This makes Amethyst an empowering stone, in that it helps you to separate from work and personal life and rather encourages no-nonsense exploration and development of the self. It can be almost too much, however, so be careful not to carry this feeling with you once the meditations are done, as your self-connection comes with a danger of setting yourself too apart from others and thus unwilling to learn things that might benefit you!

Minor Influence Number: 1,2

1 is a number that is ruled by the Sun and it can be both empowering, as well as restrictive if you’re not careful. The Sun’s influence through the Amethyst helps to build a strong sense of the self but it can also make you more vulnerable to criticism – after all, when you’ve just learned new things about yourself, it’s natural to be guarded lest you lose this new and powerful understanding. It can make you feel authoritative but remember, this is the ‘stone of peace’. Keep your insights close and guarded and develop them in secret, lest you fall pray to critics and quickly risk the progress that you are gaining.

The influence of 2 helps with the creative boost that promotes self-awareness through meditations. It wakens the romantic in the hardest cynic and the artist in the person who has long denied this aspect of themselves. With Amethyst in your meditation area you should strive to hold and develop these feelings, as your personal creativity is the ultimate language of the self.

Feng Shui Advantages of Amethyst

When you are looking to achieve balance and growth, it’s a good idea to incorporate a little Feng Shui. After all, it’s over 3000 years old and still practiced today. Skeptics can say what they will but let’s face it – it’s still around for a reason.

Let’s explore the role that Amethyst can play in tweaking the Feng Shui in the home space. This is a powerful stone and it also has the beauty to back it up, making it quite easy to display and use in the house. We’ll do a room-by-room breakdown to make give you a little inspiration.

Bathroom

If you suffer a bit from digestive issues, then Amethyst in the bathroom is an excellent way to enhance both the looks and the experience you have in this most intimate of places. Amethyst is known for promoting digestive health, as well as for a calm, focused nature, so it’s presence in the bathroom might well be a good way to ‘help things along’ and remove a little stress in that Nature’s duty that we all hate, but have to do anyway!

Bedroom

No more headaches? Count us in! Amethyst in the bedroom can help to keep order when your significant other and you share a love for healthy debate that can go off the rails from time to time. By adding a little Amethyst in the room, you can promote a calm that still encourages individuality and as long as criticism is banned from the bedroom, this feeling of self-awareness in the both of you can take intimacy to strong, new levels.

Entrance

The worst thing that can happen when you are hosting a bunch of friends is discord, so incorporating Amethyst into the entrance can help to ensure that all who enter will feel confident and calm. That said, do NOT use Amethyst at the entrance if criticism – even the \play’ kind – is common amongst your friends or if many are insecure. It’s influence might well lead to discord in those among your friends who are still exploring themselves but are not yet confident enough to express it.

Kitchen

If cooking seems a chore or is a constant source of stress, then the calming influence of Amethyst can help, and it will even improve your cooking. As Amethyst has aspects of appreciation for sights, scents, and sounds, as well as a self-empowering aspect, it can encourage creativity and the simple joy of appreciating something that we view as everyday and mundane. Give it a try and you’ll see for yourself. Spices will be more aromatic and you might well find yourself adding new things to familiar dishes, instinctively knowing that they’ll enhance the aroma and flavors in a good way.

Living Room

If you have a desk workspace in the livingroom then adding Amethyst there is a good way to help you to ‘come out of your shell’ when it comes to doing work – especially if you work alone. Amethyst can make you calm, calculating, and downright adventurous in how you solve problems and manipulate the associated elements into a smooth and calculated solution.

For the overall living space, however, Amethyst is not the best if there are a lot of people living in the home. While it is good for meditation, the self-empowerment ‘push’ of this purple powerhouse can lead to an unwanted clash of egos! As such, the livingroom itself may be a ‘too general’ location for this sort of heavy-duty influence and a more selective placement is recommended.

Wealth Bagua

In Feng Shui, the Wealth Bagua is known as Xun, and adding Amethyst here is an excellent idea to promote abundance, especially with a new business. A big part of creating and maintaining a successful business plan it making your business personal, and Amethyst can help you to do this.

In most cases, this will mean placing it on your desk, but wherever your Wealth Bagua may be is fine. This will help to encourage abundance based on your personal ideas and flair when it comes to building your business and this can help it to grow quickly into something both prosperous and innovative.

Chakras and Amethyst

If you practice with Chakra energy, you are shooting yourself in the foot if you don’t have a little Amethyst in your working area. Amethyst is, of course, one of the most brilliant natural purples in nature, and as such it is a perfect representation of the ‘Purple Charka’ or as it’s popularly known, the ‘Crown Charka’.

As you may already know, the Crown Chakra embodies elements of all of the Charkas and is visualized as the ‘Thousand Petaled Lotus’. As it is the 7th energy center, you might even place 7 Amethysts in a circle around your meditation space to empower your Crown Chakra as well as the others.

The proper name of the Crown Chakra is Sahasrara, and it’s usually represented with the color purple or with white. This Chakra is associated with ‘touching the divine’ and spiritual transformation and you can tell when it’s blocked – with symptoms such as depression, problems with learning new things, or in extreme cases sensitivity to light, scents, touches, and sounds

If you are experiencing any of these right now, Amethyst might well help you to surmount this Chakra block if you don’t feel up to meditation or specific works right now – which is often the case when this Chakra is blocked!

Elder Futhark Runes and the Suitability of Amethyst

If you work with Runes then you are probably quite aware that the choice of the stone can empower your Runes in certain — and often quite beneficial – ways. So what would be the benefits of a set made entirely from rich, purple Amethyst? If you were making a multi-stone rune set, which Runes would Amethyst be suitable for?

What about for specific Runework… is there an advantage to the ‘Stone of Peace’ in a Runic Framework? In this section, we’ll explore these issues so that when we are done you’ll have a good idea of how you can incorporate Amethyst into your Runework and where it will serve you the best.

Let’s take a peek!

Amethyst Stones as a Complete Set

As a complete Rune set option, Amethyst makes for both a beautiful and useful set of runes, especially for self-discovery. One of the reasons why divination with Runes is so powerful is that you can not only see probable outcomes, but you can see influencing factors based on the position of the runes – especially if you are reading with the ‘9 Worlds’ or ‘Valknut’ style layout from Edred Thorsson’s ‘At the Well of Wyrd’.

Since Amethyst empowers the self, almost to ridiculous levels, a Rune set on Amethyst is empowered to be a very effective tool for both divination and self-analysis. This makes it the perfect option for those on the path to self-discovery.

Amethyst Use for Specific Runes

Amethyst as an individual Rune choice has a few options that you might consider. For instance, Elhaz is the ‘sword’ rune, and it teaches that one must become the sword, rather than to wield it. Amethyst’s influence of calm and lethal focus embodies this quite well, making it a good choice for hosting on this stone.

Hagalaz is another good choice for Amethyst. The rune of Hail represents a dangerous transformation, as when icy hail turns into life-giving water. This is perfectly mirrored in the tendency for Amethyst to push one to self-discovery, to the point that an icy manifestation of what we see as our potential is created, though like ice is can be easily shattered without care during the transformative process.

Finally, Dagaz, the rune of ‘daylight’ and seeing things with clarity, is another good option for affixing to Amethyst. As this rune forces you to see yourself and other things in a clearer light, Amethyst can help with a strong, purple push.

Creative Ways to Use Amethyst

Amethyst’s influence may be employed in a number of creative ways. For instance, an Amethyst affixed to a magnet and placed on the fridge can help you to keep from overeating when you are depressed. As it pushes calm, it also pushes self-awareness, remind you exactly who you are and just who temptation is attempting to trifle with!

Before hosting a gathering, some Amethyst around the house can help to encourage moderation, putting it’s Dionysian folklore association to some excellent and sensible use. Just as Dionysus was so horrified at what he’d done that he spilled his wine and made the stone, the influence of Amethyst can help you and your guests to think a little before that ‘cup too many’ is ingested.

A gift of Amethyst, preferably in attractive jewelry, can help a friend to begin a journey of self-awareness, making it a fine gift indeed. It doesn’t hurt that these crystals are so stunning, either, making it highly likely that the receiver will desire not only to wear it, but to wear it often, so that the stone has a little time to work it’s influence into their lives.

Another neat little idea that you can use is to make a sachet of powdered Amethyst or small Amethyst stones mixed in with Lavender, which you can place in the pillowcase on the underside of your pillow so that it doesn’t make sleep uncomfortable. This will encourage dreams that tell you more about yourself, so keep a notebook handy on your bedside and get in the habit of writing down the things that you see in your dreams every morning into the pad. While some of the imagery may seem nonsensical at first, even a weeks worth of data is going to show you some useful things. Take note of what repeats, what sticks out, and especially what feels like it doesn’t belong.

The stuff that doesn’t fit may well be blockages that you need to deal with or aspects of the self that you don’t necessarily like – but need to acknowledge and learn to properly shape and manage. Remember, some things grow very well when you keep them in the dark, so it’s best to accept every part of you, or you’ll be defenseless against their influence!

Amethyst as a Meditation Tool

Amethyst is ideal for mediation and so we’re going to include two mediations in this section for you to take advantage of. The first will be a Crown Chakra meditation, for those of you out there with a Chakra stone set, while the second is a neat little self-discovery meditation we’ll call ‘Chasing the lights’.

We’ve got to warn you –the second meditation is tricky to master – but it’s well worth your while. You can learn all kinds of things about yourself once you’ve learned how to humble that inner-voice into silent submission so you can learn by simply feeling who it is that you really are.

Crown Chakra Meditation with Amethyst

A mediation for the Crown Chakra is better performed sitting up, rather than laying down. You’ll want to place your Amethyst Chakra stone on your head so that it is atop or against your ‘crown’. You can do this by sticking it under a heat, weaving it into a crown, or for added difficulty, by simply placing it on your head and keeping still, disciplined, and balanced.

Seat yourself comfortably on the floor with your legs crossed or in a ‘Lotus position’ and focus first on your breathing. A simple breathing exercise that anyone can do is to breathe in for 3 seconds, hold it for 3 seconds, and then exhale for 3 seconds. On exhalation, once you’ve got your rhythm, then say the name of the Chakra – Sahasrara.

Visualize the amethyst as a seed that quickly blooms into a purple Lotus flower with 1000 petals. You don’t have to see this grand sight in your mind all at once, simply keep seeing the flower adding petals until it becomes something that you only visual partially, but feel completely.

The Crown Chakra helps you to interface with the divine and as such, you will know that this meditation has reached it’s peak when you feel aligned with something larger than yourself – be it a deity or simply the universe – and you’ll know it when you get there.

Don’t be frustrated – this takes time to learn, like anything else that’s worthwhile, and by using your Amethyst you will have an extra push to get you there, as well as a talisman that you can carry with you to touch or look upon and help you to immediately re-enter this mental state.

‘Chasing the Lights’ Meditation

To perform the ‘Chasing the Lights’ meditation you will want to be seated with your legs crossed or in a Lotus position and you can simply hold the Amethyst in your hand or have it nearby where you may easily look at it.

You know how when you close your eyes, you see flickers of light ‘running away’ behind your eyelids? For this meditation, we are going to put them to good use for silencing those rude thoughts that tend to intrude at the worst possible times. This technique is hard to learn, so it may take you a few meditations before you get the hang of it, but don’t give up – this one is pretty amazing once you’ve got it down.

Now that you are comfortably seated, look at the Amethyst and start your breathing exercises. As with the Chakra meditation, a 3-3-3 breathing pattern is fine, but on the exhalation, you want to say your name instead of the Chakra name.

Once this breathing and naming pattern feels comfortable, it’s time to close your eyes. See the lights behind them and imagine that you are a hunter, chasing these lights. Just as making a sound in the woods will spook a hunted animal, realize that your thoughts will be heard by these lights and larn to push them away.

This is done by intuitively and ‘silently’ following the lights, as if quietly tracking prey. When a though intrudes, push it away, and put your focus completely on following the lights to wherever they may lead you.

With practice, this becomes easier and easier, and the benefits are numerous. You can put yourself to sleep in minutes, for instance, and in the quiet contemplation that this meditation provides, you can experience your true self without those doubts, critiques, or odd observations that the mind often insists on filling the time with.

Keep a stopwatch nearby and you’ll know that you are close to mastery when you start losing track of time. The state that you can put your mind into can sometimes turn hours into minutes if you learn it right – but again, this is going to take time!

That said, practice this meditation whenever you can. Once you can create this kind of mental silence then you will start developing an intuitive understanding of the self – much like looking at a symbol that communicates more than words – and it’s a journey that you’ll never regret taking!

Is Amethyst Expensive to Obtain?

Amethyst can be found in a fairly wide pricing range. Brazilian Amethyst, for instance, is considered quite high-quality, as such it may cost you anywhere from $5 to $10 per carat for jewelry-grade Amethyst. India Amethyst, by contrast, is typically found for 2$ per carat.

Assorted, small Amethyst stones, often rounded and polished, are usually anywhere from $1 to $5 apiece, and if Gem and Mineral shows or local mineral vendors are the best way to go with these. That way, you can see the stones in advance, touch and handle them, and see which stones call to you the most when you pick them. While you can certainly also go with an online resource, it’s often a ‘luck of the draw’ sort of thing, so results can vary quite a bit if you go this route.

For display in the house or in your meditation or working areas, you can get an Amethyst Geode. These are not only quite stunning, but you can paint Runes or other symbols on the smooth stone outside-crust, to further enhance and direct your will to empower it the Amethyst to your purpose.

How Can You Tell if Amethyst Is Genuine?

As Amethyst is in high demand for it’s beauty, there are actually quite a few ‘knockoff’ stones out there to trap the unwary. As such, remembering that if the ‘price seems too good to be true, it’s probably enhanced or fake’ is going to be very important.

That said, there are a number of things which you can check for to help to ensure that you are getting genuine Amethyst, so pay close attention to the tips that follow and you should be able to minimize your chances of getting fake goods.

Below you will find 7 different items to look into and to watch out for when it comes to picking out your Amethyst. While some of these are specific to Amethyst, a few of them will help you in identifying other stones when you are out and about and spot a nice one that you are thinking of taking home. The traits that you should check are as follows:

  • Color
  • Hardness
  • Dye marks
  • Name
  • Price
  • Grade
  • Gravity

Note: If these seem a little hard to keep in your memory, try a mnemonic device like making a sentence. With the Amethyst checklist, you can take the first letters and make a sentence like this:

Cool happy dogs need precious, good gravy.

Color+Hardness+Dye+Name+Price+Grade+Gravity

Don’t worry, though, as a little practice will get you in the habit of checking these traits automatically!

Color

Check the color of the Amethyst and compare it to the ones around it. Typically, if the color seems simply perfect, then that in itself might well be a warning flag that you should search for dye marks which we’ll cover shortly). Amethyst may well have some deep purples and reddish purple hues, but usually you are going to see variations along the color. Some might be darker, some lighter – this is quite natural.

Now, that said, ‘Perfect’ color doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re looking at a faux Amethyst – merely that a much closer look is warranted, especially if the pricing seems a bit weird and there’s an entire bin of those perfect on-sale Amethysts.

Hardness

This lesson is one that’s good for just about any crystals. A measurement of the hardness of stones, called ‘MOHs Harness Scale’, was named after a German Geologist named Friedrich Mohs and it’s a scale that’s well-used in the modern day. It gives a rating from 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 the hardest, and where Amethyst falls into this is that it has a Mohs rating of 7. As such, it’s a pretty hard stone, so you should be able to attempt scratching it with your fingernail and not be able to do any damage to it at all.

That’s because, according to the Mohs scale, anything below a 7 in hardness should not be able to scratch it. Your fingernail is about a 2.5 on this scale, while a copper penny rates 3.5 and shouldn’t hurt it either. Even a knife only rates 5.5 and the closest you could get to hurting it would be a steel file, which rates a 6.5 – though you should stick to a penny or your fingernail, as the shopkeeper might get a bit annoyed if you break out any heavy-duty tools to test their stones.

If your fingernail or your penny can’t scratch it, then it might well be genuine – though you’ll want to check next for the entry that follows.

Dye Marks

Crystals can be injected with dyes to enhance their looks. While this is certainly unscrupulous, it happens all the time, but you can look for evidence of this if you know what you are looking for.

You want to check for dye marks.

Look for cracks that have concentrations of color in them. Dye injection occurs a lot in geodes, unfortunately, but while unscrupulous vendors can seal up the cracks after injecting, there are still often telltale spots where color is suspiciously heavy around cracked areas. If you see this, then you might be looking at a dyed geode or Amethyst crystal.

Name

Amethyst quality may vary based on where it is from, so seeing names like ‘Indian Amethyst’ or ‘Brazilian Amethyst’ is quite normal and not a cause for worry. However, if you see odd names such as ‘Desert Amethyst’ or ‘Moonlight Amethyst’ then that should make you a little suspicious. Granted, it could just be a creative vendor, making their wares more attractive, and that’s all well and good.

Just be sure to take a close look at the Amethyst to be on the safe side!

Price

Amethyst Geodes are the most expensive, ranging anywhere from as cheap as $30 for small geodes and up to $500 for the really attractive ones. The higher price doesn’t mean that they are real, however, and a super-low price is definitely a ‘cause for pause’.

Brazilian Amethysts are generally expected to fetch $5 to $10 per carat, while Amethyst from India usually ranges between $2 and $7 per carat. If there’s too much deviance from this, to where you are being charged too little or potentially way too much, then you might consider another vendor unless you’ve found a really special stone that you just have to have.

Grade

When it comes to Amethysts, there are grades for these semi-precious stones, and it’s useful to know a little about the grading before you select one. Grading applies for other stones, as well, so we really recommend doing a little research on the subject in your free time – it can really make a difference in the quality of stones you end up taking home!

That said, here are some common grades with some information behind how they rate when applied to a stone such as Amethyst:

  • Natural AAAA – Natural AAAA Amethysts are the cream of the crop, making up only 10% of the Amethysts sold to the public. These stones should be deep and rich in color and virtually flawless when viewed with the naked eye. Amethysts of this grade are also typically cut and shaped and should be about as clear as you can expect based on the grade of purple. They’re quite exquisite, really, and worth seeking out just to see whether you’re taking it home or not.
  • Natural AAA – Up to 30% of the Amethysts that you’ll find fit into the Natural AAA category. These stones are commonly found in independent and family jeweler businesses and while they will have some light inclusions, they also typically have a nice, medium purple that will really catch your eye.
  • Natural AA – The final stones making up the rest the Amethyst market are the ‘humble’ Natural AA variety. These Amethysts are often found with ‘street vendor’ jewelry stores and tend to be lighter purple in color, with moderate to heavily inclusions. They are still pretty, but you’ll be able to tell with a close look that they’re certainly not AAAA’s.

Gravity

The final test is a bit more involved, but it’s a guaranteed measure for proving that you are indeed the owner of some genuine Amethyst. To do so, you need to know a little about something called ‘Gravitty’. We don’t mean that force that keeps you from falling off the Earth, of course, but rather the denseness of the stone as compared to the density of water. It is determined by figuring out how much heavier it is than an equal amount of water and while it sounds complicated, it’s not all that hard to do – so stay with us here!

First – we need to state that Amethyst has a gravity number of approximately 2.65. To test the gravity of a stone in your possession, you’re going to need the following:

  • A beaker
  • A container of water or a nearby sink
  • An appropriately sized set digital or hand scales
  • A notepad to write down some weights

Once you have these, then it’s just a matter of using the following steps:

  • Weigh your Amethyst and write the number down.
  • Weigh your beaker and write that number down, too.
  • Put a little water in your beaker, just enough to a little taller than your Amethyst. Note the beaker measurement of the water.
  • Put your Amethyst in the water and the level will go up. Mark this new level from the beaker measurement.
  • Math time! Subtract the first beaker measurement from the number you got from the second beaker measurement. Write this down.
  • Pour water into your beaker exactly to the measurement that you’ve just written down.
  • Stick the beaker on your scales and write down the new weight.
  • Now, subtract the weight of the empty beaker that you wrote down before.
  • Finally, divide the original weight of the Amethyst that you wrote down in our first step with the weight of the water in the beaker from the previous step (so it’s only the weight of the water, minus the beaker weight). Your final number should be quite close to 2.65 if the Amethyst is genuine!

How to Clean Your Amethyst

Cleaning your Amethyst is best done with a clean cloth and a simple mixture of warm, soapy water – not HOT water. Heat should not be applied to Amethysts and you want to avoid trying to clean them with more corrosive chemicals, such as Muriatic acid, as these could damage your Amethyst.

With warm, soapy water it is easy to rub the stones and then to give them a thorough, cleansing rinse and they should look good as new.

Cleaning Geodes is a little bit different, especially if you’ve purchased an old Geode that needs a good cleaning in order to really show off it’s wares. For an old Amethyst Geode, you should let it soak completely immersed in undiluted vinegar for a period of 10 to 12 hours. Once this is done, you want to soak it again, but this time you should put it in washing ammonia for another 10 to 12 hours.

After this, a soap and water rinse should be all that you need to do and it should look quite a bit nicer than it was when you started!

For geodes in better shape that still need a robust cleaning, you can let them soak in a large tub or container of warm water, to which you have added ¼ cup of bleach. Let it sit for two days and then give it a soap and water rinse and it should be as good as new.

Finally, for Amethyst jewelry that is building up a little patina around it and sparkling less than usual, you can submerge it completely in vinegar for a period of 6 to 12 hours. This should dissolve most the patina and after that, a thorough soap and water cleaning should have the piece looking sparkly and nice again.

Preparing Your Amethyst Before Use

Purifying your Amethyst can be done in a number of ways. Some people like to take them and bury them for a period of 24 hours, to help realign them with earth energies as a way of naturally refreshing them.

Salt and rainwater is another option, or you could also smudge the Amethyst crystals with Sage in order to neutralize all those years of handling and different places from before you took it home. You could also put it outside, somewhere safe, for a night of moonlight or a single day of sunlight, and these will also serve as a nice and natural means of purifying your Amethyst before use.

If you go with sunlight, however, keep it at a single day only – prolonged sunlight can actually fade the color of your Amethyst over time!

History on Amethyst Throughout the Ages

Amethyst has been popular for a very, very long time. It’s believed to have been used in jewelry as long as 2000 years B.C.. but a more definite and amusing example is a 1400 year old ring that was found in Yavna, Israel and, we kid you not, it was found in the largest ancient factory for producing wine! The Amethyst was set into a gold ring and it is thought that the ring was worn by a Wine-taster in the hopes of warding off hangovers or the effects of the alcohol imbibed when doing his job.

The name of the stone comes from the Ancient Greek word ‘methustos’, which means ‘intoxication’, and also from a maiden of Greek myth named Amethystos. Greek legend tells us that Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry, wanted Amethystos for his own and in his drunkenness, he came very close to violating the maiden in spite of her protests.

Amethystos prayed fervently to Artemis, the goddess of chastity and the hunt, to save her virginity and Artemis intervened – changing Amethstos into a statue of pure, white quartz. Dionysus, in his grief, either spilled or actually WEPT tears of wine upon the quartz, giving it the purple color that it has today.

Incidentally, while ‘methustos’ describes being drunk, ‘Amethystos’ actually translates into ‘not drunk’, and the Greeks and later the Romans would often set Amethyst into their drinking cups, hoping that that the tears of Dionysus might help them to avoid any drunken mistakes of their own.

The stone is also quite the popular choice for Buddhists in Tibet. To them, Amethyst is considered to be sacred to the Buddha and subsequently, they make prayer beads from the lovely purple stones. It also was a hallmark of royalty in England during the Middle-ages, worn by Kings, Princes, Dukes, and whomever else had the riches to obtain a little Amethyst of their own.

In fact, until a large cache of Amethyst was discovered in Brazil, the stone was considered to be among the ‘Cardinal stones’, which were basically those that were considered precious enough that they were seen mostly only adorning royalty or for use in religious practice.

Fast-forward to today, and it certainly hasn’t lost any of it’s charm. Best of all, you don’t have to be a King or Queen to own a bit of your own. At $5 to $10 per carat, it’s hard to argue that you aren’t getting an amazing deal on the tears of a grieving Greek god!

Some Final Words on Using Amethyst

While we have only touched the surface of the lore behind the Amethyst, we hope that the topics and range of information covered has given you a good grounding that you can build on as you take advantage of the benefits to be had from this sacred stone.

Whether you take the Greco-Roman tact and use it to encourage your own moderation or those of others or prefer to employ it for healing or as a powerful meditation focus, we think that you will find some good use for the Amethysts that you decide to bring home.

Even if you simply wish to wear it as jewelry you won’t be disappointed. After all, it has a history of being loved and worn by royalty and being employed in the most sacred of rituals. Whatever you choose, Amethyst is quite the beauty and it’s got thousands of years of use to prove that!

Until next time, we hope that you’ll enjoy your new Amethysts and for those who will be meditating, may the Tears of Dionysus take you somewhere new, personal, and deeply profound!