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Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and can range in color from a light violet to a deep purple. Considered a semi-precious gemstone, it's used in decor, settings and jewelry.

Where to Find Amethyst Crystals

It is found as crystals in igneous rocks. It is available commercially in many forms. Large geodes called cathedrals are sometimes bigger than a man. Broken pieces of these geodes are called druz. It is sometimes cut into slabs and also sold as single points. Amethyst is used in jewelry and other decorative pieces. Most of the worlds supply of amethyst comes from Brazil. Uruguay produces a much smaller amount but many consider amethyst from Uruguay to be the highest quality because of its clarity and its rich dark purple color. Hardness: hard (7)

Mineral Properties of Amethyst

Chemical formula: Silicone dioxide SiO 2
Color(s): lilac, purple, mauve
Streak: white
Luster: vitreous, glassy
Transparency: transparent to translucent
Crystal system: triagonal
Specific Gravity: 2.6
Hardness (Mohs): 7
Cleavage: none
Fracture: conchoidal
Uses: jewelry and mineral specimens
Location: North and South America, Europe, Africa
Birthstone: February

Amethyst Healing Properties and Metaphysical Lore

Healing Properties and Metaphysical Lore

  • Brow and Crown Chakras
  • Enhance psychic powers, increase spirituality
  • Stress relief: meditative, calming
  • Physical: cleansing organs (liver, kidney), blood, circulatory and immune systems
  • Pain reduction including headaches, arthritis, grief
  • Helps overcome addictions
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