Amethyst is a purple colored quartz stone varying in shades from violet, mauve to rose. The name amethyst derives from the greek word amethustos which means ‘not intoxicated’. Throughout history amethyst virtue has been of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. Ancient Greeks and Romans routinely studded their goblets with amethyst believing that wine drunk from an Amethyst cup was powerless to intoxicate them.
In the spiritual world Catholic Bishops wore Amethyst in a ring to protect from mystical intoxication. It connected them to their divine power. To the Hebrews it was the ninth stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, engraved with the tribe of Dan. It was also the twelfth foundation stone for the New Jerusalem. To the Egyptians it was listed in the book of the dead to be carved into heart-shaped amulets for burial. In the eastern cultures, it was described as sacred gems and used as temple offerings for worship. It was used in rosaries and prayer beads thus, creating an atmosphere of calmness and inner peace.
Now a days, Amethyst is still a phenomenal stone. It is one of the first stones that some collect before acquiring other stones. It comforts those that are grieving a loved one. It stimulates and opens up the third eye and the crown chakra. Chakras enhance our cognitive perception and tap into our intuitive and psychic ability. It strengthens the imagination and taps into creativity, passion and formulating new ideas.