< Amethyst – The Legend of the Gemstone
What is an Amethyst?
Even the name ‘Aquamarine’ has a story to tell about this beautiful stone. Coming from the Latin words ‘aqua marina’ – literally translating to ‘sea water’ – the colour of the stone is already reflected in its title. The transparent blue-green watery stone brings to mind tranquility and peacefulness, though the most admired aquamarine is normally sky-blue in colour. A fancy-cut Aquamarine is truly a thing of beauty.
The Amethyst is a type of Quartz and can be found all over the world. They come in all shapes and sizes, but what stands out most is the colour. It can vary from pale red-violet to deep violet and be either transparent or opaque, and is a truly stunning gemstone.
Today, we see an Amethyst as a semi-precious stone, but way back in history it was worth as much as a diamond. In Roman times, it was linked to the month of February and was dedicated to their water-god Neptune. Because of its link to February, it is now considered a St. Valentine’s stone, representing love, faithfulness, passion and spirituality.
The use of Amethyst
Like many precious stones, Amethyst is known to hold special virtues, such as healing powers and preventing intoxication – form both alcohol and evil thoughts. Because of this, many people would wear Amethysts in their navels or adorn their drinking cups with the stone.
Today, its metaphysical powers are still recognised, and it is considered to inspire an enhanced meditative state. It is also believed to stimulate the Third Eye and Etheric Chakras by expanding the higher mind, bringing about wisdom and greater understanding. Because of this, that the Amethyst is also used to expand creativity and passion, tying back in with its historical links to St. Valentine.
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