Amethyst - Bertie's Beads

Amethyst is a form of quartz that ranges from a bright to dark or dull purple color. The world's largest deposits of amethysts can be found in Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Russia, France, Namibia and Morocco. Sometimes amethyst and citrine are found growing in the same crystal. It is then referred to as ametrine. An amethyst is formed when there is iron in the area where it was formed. Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is also used to eliminate impatience. Amethyst is one of the stones that was most highly prized in the ancient world, and continues to be prized by many people today. Amethyst is one of relatively few gemstones with the specific purpose of improving intellectual and cerebral thought. It can help you think both soberly and critically about the situations you face, which will lead you to far greater success in handling them. It is worth remembering that Amethyst gained its name from the Ancient Greek word meaning “not intoxicated”. It was said to prevent against drunkenness and because of this, amethyst has long been said to promote sobriety – both in the literal sense of preventing drunkenness, and in the metaphorical sense of developing an ability to think more clearly and not be clouded with emotion of any specific sort. That emotion might be blind optimism or blind pessimism, but either way, it is blind – and amethyst can help you open your eyes.

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