If you are looking to learn more about the properties of, and amethyst meaning then read on! I'll also cover what amethyst looks like (and its variations) and a bit more on its history.
What does Amethyst look like?
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz crystal found in a light lavender to deep purple coloring in its typical form, but read on for more. Amethyst can range from translucent to opaque, but it is most commonly found as translucent with an opaque base where it had formed in the cracks of a rock or a geode. You can identify Amethyst by its hardness, fractures, shape, and stripes that may be present. But let’s be honest, most people know a classic amethyst when they see it! : )
This crystal has conchoidal fractures (circular fractures that look like ripples in water) when a large raw chunk is broken. When looking into the gem, you may see a feather or fingerprint pattered texture inside of the stone. Amethyst has a hexagonal crystalline structure, meaning that it will always have six sides. It is typical to find amethyst with phantoms, growth patterns with an ombre hue, and even chevron lines.
Amethyst gets its purple coloring from irradiation, impurities of iron, and other metals and miners like hematite and chlorite present in the mineral. This crystal may have slight hues of red, green or black that will range from gray, to pink and more. If can have growth patterns from a rough chunk, to a tiny druzy and up to a super chunky point formation. Amethysts can grown stalactites or ‘eyes’ when they are cut or polished. It’s truly a versatile stone in appearance.
This Stone is one of the most valuable members of the quartz family and is often used in jewelry, tumbled into pocket stones, or left raw and used as decoration or incorporated into a person’s meditation routine.
Amethyst Crystal Meaning
Amethyst is thought to relieve stress, anger, irritability, fear, and anxiety. Because this crystal can bring overall happiness, It is also placed throughout the house to keep spirits up.
More about Amethyst
Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning that it is as hard or harder than steel. A HUGE percentage of amethyst comes from Brazil, likely second from Uruguay. They account for the most commonly recognized amethyst clusters that you see out and about.
Chakra: Third Eye and Crown
Localities: South Korea, Russia, Austria, Brazil, Uruguay, Africa, The United
States, India and Madagascar