Amethyst
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General: Amethyst

Origins:
           There are many varieties of amethyst, each known for the location in which they're found. Some of the more well-known sources are in Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Uruguay, Russia, Germany, Italy, and several places in the U.S.

Geology:
          Amethyst, a semi-precious gemstone, is a form of macrocrystalline (large crystal) quartz, which appears in a variety of semi-transparent colors. Amethyst comes in a wide range of shades of purple, whereas , citrine is orange to yellow, rose quartz is pink to reddish pink, smoky quartz is gray to brown, milky quartz is cloudy white, and rock crystal is clear quartz.
           Chevron amethyst, a popular ornamental stone, has bands of milky quartz and amethyst in what’s called a phantom effect, where cloudy quartz is surrounded by a clear stone.
           If amethyst is heated or exposed to radiation, it turns into citrine, so amethyst should be kept away from prolonged exposure to heat or bright light. Man-made citrine is created this way. Ametrine is a popular gemstone of half citrine and half amethyst

Birthdays & Anniversaries:
          Amethyst is the modern, Ayurvedic, Hebrew, Arabic, and Roman birthstone for February. It is the birthstone for Pisces, and a talisman stone for Aquarius.
           Amethyst is the 9th wedding anniversary gemstone.

History:
          The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek term meaning "not drunk," possibly due to its color or to a belief that amethyst could alleviate suffering from inebriation. A Greek myth explains the origin of amethyst. An insult from a mortal angered Dionysus, the god of wine, who determined to take out his rage on the next mortal he saw with fierce tigers he created. It was then that a beautiful young woman named Amethyst passed on her way to honor the goddess Diana. To protect Amethyst from harm, Diana quickly turned her into a crystal statue. Upon seeing the beautiful statue, Dionysus wept tears of wine out of regret, and those tears stained the crystal purple.
           In places such as Britain and Egypt, purple was the color of royalty and amethyst was a favorite of rulers. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence. Amethyst was considered to symbolize celibacy and piety, and has a long history of use in the Catholic church. In Tibet, amethyst is believed to be sacred to Buddha, and is often used in rosaries.

Crystal Healing:
          Amethyst is known for helping with insomnia, headaches, relieving tension, and helping with bruising and swelling. It is used for respiratory problems, arthritis, lungs, regulation of the flora in the large intestine, treatment of intestinal parasites, balancing of blood sugar, cleaning of blood, removal of toxins through the kidneys and lymphatic system, and increasing the production of hormones.
          Amethyst is valued as a stone of contentment and spirituality, reducing anger and impatience and providing energies for physical and emotional stability, peace, and strength. It is also known for enhancing psychic imagery and improving meditation. It is said that if kept near your pillow at night, it will promote peaceful sleep and improve dream recall.