Amethyst Crystal Rock- Part 1
Amethyst Crystal rock 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 gemstones 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 rock 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 rock has been found in the tombs and burial crypts of early ancient Egyptian Kings and Pharaohs. 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. Almost all of the stones we find on the market today, started their life in the form of an amethyst geode.
Amethysts crystal for sale 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 $5 each. Faceted or cabochon stones run a little more, but even a high quality faceted stone can be purchased for less than $30. An amethyst crystal necklace can be found for less than $25 as long as there are other beads mixed in with the amethyst.
The word amethyst comes from the Ancient Greek a- (“not”) and methustos (“intoxicated”) and one of the many abilities Amethyst gemstone 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 drunkenness.
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 part 2 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