One of the legends says that the stone amethyst received its name in honor of the nymph of that name. The legend says that the God of wine Bacchus became angry at the people and vowed that the first person he meets, he’ll throw a hungry and angry tiger. On the way deities were the nymph Amethyst. She served in the temple of the goddess of hunting Diana. Angry tigers run to the nymph. And she asked for Diana’s protection, and that turned her into a beautiful snow-white statue. Seeing this, Bacchus regretted his terrible oath and wanted to return the nymph to life. He filled the statue with grape juice, but it didn’t help.
The only thing that happened is the stone from which the statue was made, changed color. He became as purple as the eyes of live nymphs. Amethyst has been known to mankind since ancient times. This is evidenced by numerous archaeological finds in the sites of the Neolithic tribes of Europe. Spiritual and magical properties made the gem a popular material for beads and amulets in many cultures. Later, the mineral became known as the “Royal stone” – it was used to decorate crowns, scepters and jewelry.
For example, the crown of tsarina Irina Godunova was decorated with very large dark purple amethyst. In Egypt, amethyst was cut out so-called “heart scarabs” which were inserted into the chest of the deceased before burial. In addition, the Egyptians used amethyst as a healing stone to remove fears and guilt. He also was considered a potent talisman during their travels. In Greek the word “doctor with many years” meant “not bieneusi”.
Therefore, the ancient Greeks and Romans drank wine from amethyst cups. It was believed that this would help to avoid the harmful effects of alcohol on the body and mind. In the East with the same purpose, the crystal was placed in a Cup of wine. It was also believed that wearing amethyst in the belly button under her clothes will not only protect from drinking, but will make people more fervent and passionate lover. Tibetan monks believed that the amethyst stone Buddha.
They believed that this crystal helps one to achieve enlightenment, and he carved from it a rosary. Description amethyst is found in the Bible. There it is referred to as the ninth stone in epode of Aaron the high priest. The amethyst symbolized the Spirit of God in the breast shield, which was decorated with 12 stones. And this stone, according to the Holy Scripture, is the twelfth stone in the Foundation of the Heavenly Jerusalem. In Christianity, the amethyst was of great importance.
It is traditionally considered to be “Bishop” (in Catholicism) or “bishops” (in Orthodoxy) stone. Rings him on his right hand on the fourth finger wore the cardinals. This ring was given to a clergyman in the construction to San. It was believed that the gem will be able to save the priest from “intoxication” by the power and will not let it to cloud your mind temptations. Also, this gemstone is widely used, and is used to this day, with the ornament set for holding Church services.
In some historical periods, the crystals of amethyst was valued the same as diamonds or rubies. Amethyst is one of the most expensive and beautiful varieties of quartz. Its color can vary from pale purple to dark purple and even almost black. Amethyst crystals can be as absolutely transparent, and not translucent in the sun. In recent years, the market of jewels can be found the so-called “green amethyst”. This crystal delicate Golden-green color.
A similar color of amethyst acquires as a result of baking lilac crystal stone at a temperature of about 500 degrees. The fact is that from the influence of sunlight or very high temperatures, the mineral changes its own color. But not any amethyst can be subjected to such pressures to get the green crystal. For this approach, only the gems from the Deposit Montezuma, located in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Other “green amethysts” are just artificially grown crystals.
They are much brighter and richer than those obtained in the traditional way. Amethyst is a very popular stone for jewelry and various crafts. Therefore, it is popular among forgers. To determine the real stone you offer, or it’s glass, easily enough. You will need a knife with a blade of steel. Natural amethyst crystals have higher hardness than the metal. So, if you try to damage the stone with a knife – you will not be released. And here on a glass fake scratches will be visible. More complicated is the situation with cultured stones.
Synthetic amethyst has characteristics identical to natural. Therefore, to determine a fake can be difficult. However, artificial amethyst, as most synthetic stones, looks much brighter and more transparent than the original. In addition, all natural stones have uneven color with natural inclusions and cracks that can be seen through a magnifying glass. If you omit a real amethyst in the water, its edges will appear slightly paler than the rest of the crystal. Artificial stone will not change its color.
But when ultraviolet light synthetic amethyst on the contrary will be “spotted” while natural crystals brighten uniformly. The Peruvians were convinced that if the names of the sun and moon engraved on the amethyst and to wearing around his neck along with the hair of a baboon or a feather of a swallow, it will act as a talisman against witchcraft. The ancient philosopher Pliny the Elder claimed that this precious stone engraved with figures of the Sun and moon gives the person immunity to poisons.
And if you wear it on a strap from dog hair – it will protect from snake bites. Bear carved on the amethyst that had the ability to defeat demons to flight and to protect the wearer from drunkenness. This crystal was highly prized among travelers, because, if he started to change its color, it foreshadowed a storm (this characteristic is due to the layered crystal structure). It was also believed that the mineral has the power over the winds. Amethyst is an ideal crystal for meditation.
It easily helps to free the mind from unnecessary thoughts and to achieve the crystal clarity of consciousness. Generally, in meditation this stone is placed in the “third eye” and lie back. The stone helps one move to a higher stage of spiritual development. It gives its owner the wisdom and understanding. Amethyst – stone of spiritual protection and purification. He is able to create around the human energy field which will repel negative impact on both physical and at the spiritual level.
It acts as a barrier against lower energies, psychic attack, geopathic factors and harmful living conditions. This is a valuable protection for people who do mental work. It is also the necessary talisman for those whose work requires a well-developed intuition. But the most vivid magical properties attributed to amethyst are definitely connected with love.This stone is considered to be primarily a love talisman. There is a belief that if you tell amethyst about her love for the man and then give him this stone, the love will become mutual.
And the stone will evoke a feeling of love, even if a man’s heart is already taken by someone else. Gem is also useful to wear for those, who think that no one appreciates and loves. Since mineral gives its owner a clear mind and protects from excessive disorders, this feeling will pass. Amethyst is considered the stone of eternal love. If a person has lost their soul mate, but wanted to keep the memory of her, he wore a decoration with amethyst. Such ornaments were worn without removing that others could understand that nothing will make a man betray his love.
For this crystal got its second name — “widow’s stone”. However, in some ancient cultures it was believed that amethyst on the contrary can help to open the human heart to new feelings, if his beloved is not alive. The love that gives this crystal, pure and noble. It is high and bright feeling, full of sincerity, dedication, desire to improve for the sake of a loved one. The magical properties of the stone manifest themselves only when it is worn from time to time.
And to increase its strength it is recommended to wear amethysts in pairs or combined with rock crystal or rose quartz. Amethyst promotes the production of hormones, stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and endocrine glands. It saturates the blood with oxygen and helps in the treatment of diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract, heart, stomach and skin. It can be used for facial massage to smooth wrinkles and improve skin color. The water in which crystal spent the night, drinking, to cleanse the blood vessels, liver or kidney.
For this purpose the stone should be warmed in the hands and put on the forehead or temples. Good help this crystal and nightmares. For it to show its properties in this case, put it under the pillow. Moreover, it is able to reduce stress and nervous tension. Sometimes this stone can be used for the treatment of mental disorders and address the imbalance in the brain. But it can not be used and wear for people suffering from paranoia or schizophrenia. Amethyst has proven successful in overcoming drug addiction and combating the effects of negative influences of drugs and alcohol on brain function.
The person who wears amethyst, begins to lose interest in alcohol and sooner or later ceases to drink. To stone the greatest benefit, it should be worn in direct contact with the skin. In jewelry best rim for amethyst will be silver. Horoscope says that amethyst is the perfect talisman for those born in February. So it will be a great amulet for Aquarius and Pisces. Also, this crystal will bring good luck to Aries and Scorpio. The latter, he will relieve the excessive selfishness that is inherent in this sign.