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The Uses of Amethyst

Amethyst is a gemstone that is crystallized quartz. Amethyst is known throughout the world for its beauty. This crystalline gemstone usually comes in beautiful colors such as violet and purple. It is also important to note that Citrine is created from heat treated Amethyst, Citrine’s color is yellow orange.

Amethyst is the most valuable of the quartz minerals. Amethyst is only used for ornamental jewelry, due to its beauty, hardness and attraction, however it has been coveted for many reasons going back to legends and folklore.

For the most part, Amethyst can be cut to various shapes and sizes and can be found as earrings, on bracelets, charms, and rings. Amethyst was believed to have many special qualities, including the ability to prevent intoxication, for this reason many cups or glasses are bejeweled with Amethyst especially antique glasses from ancient Roman and Greek times.

Amethyst is also the birthstone for February. It is extremely popular during this month as it is given as birthday gifts, usually as ornamental jewelry. It is also popular as a gift for those that are into Astrology. Amethyst are popular with those that are Aquarians and Pisces.

Amethyst has had many uses in ancient and medieval times. For instance, it was used to overcome addictions. Many people that had a hearing disorder, headaches or pain used Amethyst as a way to treat it. Amethyst was also used for insomnia and to stabilize mental disorders.

Amethysts is also sometimes referred to as the sign of a thinker or philosopher, in fact man clergy of the Catholic Church can still be seen wearing rings adorned with Amethyst.

Amethyst - The History and Origins

Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones in the world; it is revered for its wonderful beauty which is usually a violet or purple. Amethyst is a type of quartz and is perfect for ornamental jewelry. Amethyst has been known to man for millennia and was popular with the Ancient Greeks, as well as the Ancient Egyptians.

Amethyst has a wonderful history. It was believed to have magical qualities by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, chiefly to prevent intoxication. Many Greeks and Romans either wore rings with Amethyst stones or drank from cups jeweled with Amethyst.

Amethyst is also a birthstone. Today, Amethyst is given as a gift to signify any birth in February. February birthdays are associated with the astrological sign Aquarius and Pisces. Amethyst is also known as the symbol of understanding of thought or philosophy. Today, many in the Catholic Church wear rings made with Amethyst to accent this attribute.

In Greek mythology, Amethyst was created by the god Dionysius, the god of intoxication. The mythology states that Dionysus was angered due to a human insulting her; she swore that the next human that crossed her path would be turned to stone. Unfortunately, a beautiful girl Amethyst was coming to Dionysus to pray to her, she was turned to stone (actually crystallized quartz). Dionysus drank wine because she was so upset and then cried many tears of wine onto the stone statue of Amethyst until it turned purple. This purple crystallized quartz is what we now call Amethyst.

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