– David Ellis Crystals Encyclopedia

Originthe place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.

The amethyst is a crystal primary formation created when the molten magma from volcanic explosions colls and forms into igneous rock.

This usualy happens in cavities in volcanoes where the combination of chemistary and structural arrangements of mineral deposits, atoms and substances pass from gas or liquid into a solid state or by means of going out of solution by precipitation or evaporation.

Amethyst is a silicate mineral of quartz and is the purple variety of the Quartz family.  This purple hue is a result of trace particles of iron forming within the silica acid in contrast to the clear colour of quartz formed when the iron is not present.

All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Amethyst crystals belong to the Trigonal system.

Historythe past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.

The Amethyst has a long and detailed historical, traditional past that dates back to early civilisation and before. It was revered as one of the five cardinal gemstones to be of a standing with the Emerald, ruby, Diamond and Saphire for many Centuries until the discovery of large Amethyst mines in the 18th Century that moved its status from ‘precious’ to ‘semi-precious’.

There are mentions of the Amethyst in relation to the Bible and the Torah and the stone was connected to the Catholic Church as it was widely associated with the blood of Christ.

The ancient myth of Bacchus from the 14th Century  tells the story of how Bacchus, the God of Wine, in foul humour decided to reap his frustrations on the first person he met. That person was the beautiful Amethyst who was on her way to worship at the shrine of the Goddess Artemis. Bacchus set ferocious tigers on Amethyst who cried out in fear for Artemis who responded by turning her to white stone as protection. Taken by remorse Bacchus took his best wines and poured them over her thus turning the white stone into the purple hue that gives the Amethyst its distinctive colour.

The Amethyst stone is highly desireable and used commonly worldwide. Natural Amethyst is only enhanced through the tumbling, cutting and polishing process whilst lab created Amethyst is widely used in the making of jewelery.

Specificationthe act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.

As a natural stone, the Amethyst is enhanced through tumbling, cutting and polishing to reveal its attractive form.

It’s mid purple colour is highly sought and varies in hue throughout the stone. Amethyst is common in jewellery and in semi-precious stone form and is highly popular worldwide.

Varietiesa number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
Amethyst have a few variations, namely:

  • Chevron Amethyst
  • Green Amethyst
  • Bolivian Amethyst
  • African Amethyst
  • Ametrine (mixed with Citrine)
  • Brandberg Amethyst


Esoteric Attributesa quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.

Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.

Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrtional frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.

The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Amethyst crystals.

Mental:Amethyst crystals are said to have calming properties which provide clarity of thought to the brain. It also aids with the relief of OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and hyperactivity.
Emotional: The Amethyst brings calm to angry minds and soothes anxiety. It brings clarity of thought and centres those who are over stressed or overwhelmed. It can help in identfication of the primal cause of behavioural patterns and emotional habits and is important in the negation of addiction and intoxicating drivers.
Physical: The Amethyst aids the digestive tract as well as heart, stomach and skin. It reduces pain and swelling and heals bruising. The stone also has strong properties in the strengthening of the nervous system and endocrine glands, relieves headaches and reduces nervous tension.


Crystal Chart – Amethyst


Crystal: Amethyst – Medium purple
Mineralogy: Silicate Quartz
Geometric form: Trigonal | Hexagonal
Formation: Primary (moltan magma)
Family: Quartz

Ayurvedic Birthstones – Amethyst is the stone associated with the month of February.

Astrology Birthstone (Zodiac) -Amethyst is associated with the astrological sign of Pisces (19th Feb to 20th March).

Appearance: Various crystal habits such as prismatic, stubby, drusy and geodes. Purple in colour and can be brittle.
Aura: The high frequency of the Amethyst will remove and purify the Aura of negative energy and place a protective light shield around the body. This allows for a clear centered aura to open to spiritual connection.
Colour: Colours are a variety of purple hues. The Chevron Amethyst includes banded white and they can also sometimes turn to a light green colour.
Chakra: Amethyst relates to the Crown Chakras and is in tune with the Third Eye.


David Ellis Crystals – References and resources:

Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology,Crystal Healing, 2001


New Oxford American Dictionary


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