Amethyst tumbled stone
Amethyst tumbled stone
For this reason, the Greeks honoured the god of wine, Bacchus, with Amethyst and established its importance in society for all posterity. Halfway around the world in Tibet, monks were believed to have trekked up the Himalayan mountainsides to mine Amethyst by hand and bring it back down to their neighbours to share the wealth. Due to the height at which it was found, they referred to it as one of the 'eyes of God', so its spiritual qualities brought good fortune to all those who possessed it.
WHAT ARE THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF AMETHYST?
In keeping with the Asian interpretations of many other gemstones, such as Moonstone and Turquoise, South Koreans have long believed that Amethyst has the power to alleviate stress and headaches and improve blood circulation for better health. Anyone suffering from insomnia, too, would be prescribed Amethyst crystals and gemstones to keep close to their beds as they tried to sleep.
It absorbs and emits far-infrared radiation, which means that it is genuinely believed to be physically beneficial, if not controversial, when it comes to easing pain, improving circulation and inhibiting bacterial growth (any desires to enhance physical healing via the use of far-infrared radiation in Amethyst gemstones should only be pursued on the grounds of medical advice - we cannot provide that advice at (Alchemy For the soul).
WHAT ELSE IS AMETHYST KNOWN FOR?
Aside from its physical healing properties, Amethyst is widely believed to be of great use to those who practise meditation. Its very presence is believed to heal the mind in many cultures around the world, so it has enjoyed incredible popularity with such a broad range of people over the years.
The kind of meditation that requires the presence of gemstones like Amethyst can be carried out with anything from raw quartz crystals cut from the rough to carefully crafted silver or gold jewellery. As long as the stone itself is present, the people around it will benefit from its protective and restorative qualities.
WHERE IS AMETHYST SOURCED?
Many countries make great trade thanks to their abundant deposits of Amethyst. It has been mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Madagascar, Tibet, Russia and South Korea to name a few, so it has not exactly been in short supply.
The biggest Amethyst vein ever discovered is actually located in Austria, a country that has large clusters of mines all over its mountainous terrain. In Maissau, there is an entire museum and amusement park dedicated to the crystal, with the museum itself being built directly over the open-pit mine - this kind of close contact with such pure Amethyst in situ can't be replicated anywhere else in the world.
No matter where it is unearthed, the sheer colour of Amethyst has been enough to influence many a civilisation of people in terms of how they conduct themselves spiritually and religiously - its impact on the physical and metaphysical worlds will no doubt continue for many centuries to come.