Amethyst was already known in the ancient times
It is a variety of lactic quartz, usually violet in colour, but can also be in different shades of purple or heather. It owes its colour to radioactive radiation (harmless to humans) and iron content. It most often occurs in the shape of a bar or even more often in the shape of crystalline brushes. Pure crystals above 10 cm are rare.
Since ancient times, amethyst has a very different meaning. The Greeks drank wine made of charm made of amethyst, believing that this will protect them from getting drunk. The very name of the stone in Greek means “not drunk”.
According to Roman mythology, Bachus, the patron of good spirits, who does not avoid drinking, fell in love with the beautiful nymph Amethis. However, this one, discouraged by his drunkenness, asked Diana for help and was turned into a beautiful stone. Bacchus in love gave him the power to prevent him from getting drunk. To this day, amethyst helps to combat alcohol addiction.
The Hebrews, on the other hand, were convinced that it brought happy dreams. Already in the Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of bishop’s dignity, so it decorated chalices and liturgical robes of the highest ecclesiastical dignitaries. The golden bishop’s signets also contained amethyst stone. It was also found in the famous Ring of the Fisherman John Paul II.
Amethyst, however, is used mainly in jewelry as a decoration for jewelry, mainly rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. It was placed in the jewellery of the English queen and Russian tsarina. As far as amethyst is concerned, the price depends on the country of origin of the stone, its weight and the degree of polishing and colouring. Small raw amethysts can be bought for just a few zlotys, but for larger, polished you have to pay about 1000 zlotys.
Amethyst is attributed various properties, is primarily considered a stone of happiness and spiritual balance. It ensures peace and harmony. It is especially recommended for people susceptible to stress, it allows to soothe and overcome it.
Amethyst strengthens concentration, so it is advisable to place it on the desk of a student or a person working mentally. Apparently, students in the company of Amethyst are more likely to learn and achieve better results. Amethyst also has an effect on insomnia, so people who have trouble sleeping should put it under their pillows and at the same time ensure a peaceful night’s sleep without nightmares.
However, it is not possible to keep it in the bedroom too long, because it deprives energy, which can adversely affect the sexual life of partners.
Amethyst is also attributed with specific healing properties. It helps to fight migraine pains, has a positive effect on the digestive and circulatory systems (cleanses the vessels and prevents the formation of atherosclerosis). Amethyst water soothes itching after bites, soothes various inflammations of the skin.
Some people think that amethyst will protect the house and its inhabitants from thieves.