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Amethyst Crystal - Part 1

Amethyst Crystal formations can be found in many places around the world. The quality and number of additional minerals that may be found mixed with it vary from place to place. The more common places to find Amethyst crystals are: Africa, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Russia and The United States. Due to the various minerals found in each area, each mine produces a slightly different form of the stone.

Amethyst Crystal formations are part of the quartz family of crystals. Quartz is the most abundant mineral formation on the planet. Used since ancient times, Amethyst crystal has been found in the tombs and burial crypts of early ancient Egyptian Kings and Pharoahs. They were also found in tombs as far back as the Babylonian era, giving us a long and colorful history wrapped around this stone of Royalty.

Amethysts are inexpensive gemstones and can brighten the atmosphere in any room they are in. They come in many shapes and sizes, with prices that can fit most any budget. Individual tumbled stones can be purchased for less than $2 each. Faceted or cabachon stones run a little more, but even a high quality facted stones can be purchased for less than $30. The word amethyst comes from the Ancient Greek a- ("not") and methustos ("intoxicated") and one of the many abilities Amethyst Crystal formations are believed to have is to prevent intoxication. In fact, the greeks and Romans carved goblets from it, from which they drank their wine in order to avoid drunkeness.

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The word amethyst comes from the Ancient Greek a- ("not") and methustos ("intoxicated") and one of the many abilities Amethyst Crystal is believed to have is to prevent intoxication. In fact, the greeks and Romans carved goblets from it, from which they drank their wine in order to avoid drunkeness.

Amethyst Crystal is one of the more important gemstones in crystal healing and magick. Plus they are a favored stone for use in jewelry, perhaps due to the way it makes people feel when they wear it.

For Chakra, color, planetary and technical data on Amethyst crystal, please see below.

For Metaphysical, magical and healing properties, please visit our Amethyst crystal additional data page.

Chakra: Crown

Colors: All shades of purple, violet and mauve

Astrological Sign(s):Pisces, Aquarius, Sagittarius

Element: Water

Planet: Jupiter

Vibratory #: 3

Amethyst Crystal Technical Details

Chemical Composition and Name - Silica (silicon dioxide, SiO2)

Hardness - 7

Specific Gravity - 2.65 constant

Refractive Index (R.I.) - nw = 1.543-1.553 ne = 1.552-1.554

Bi-refringence - +0.009

Optic Sign - Positive

Optical Character - Uniaxial