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Filtering by Category: Stones and Crystals

Stones and Crystals: Amethyst

Jana Gumovsky

Amethyst: Stone of Sobriety, Love and Protection

Amethyst Illustration by Alphonse Mucha from his Precious Stones Collection (1900)

Amethyst Illustration by Alphonse Mucha from his Precious Stones Collection (1900)

Shades of purple and deep violet have always been associated with royalty and maybe that's why I am so drawn to Amethysts. Or maybe it's the fascinating colour patterns in the stones that make them look like violet planets with gray clouds and lavender mountains, or even like whole purple universes. Whatever the reason, just by looking at Amethyst it's evident that it is no ordinary stone. 

Amethyst is a variety of Quartz, mined in many places around the world. Since antiquity, Amethyst has been a highly prized gemstone and up until the 18th century it was included in the list of most precious stones, along with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies. Being such an old and treasured stone, there are many legends associated with its origin. The word “Amethyst” is itself derived from the Greek word amethustos which means “not intoxicated” since the main special virtue of Amethyst is that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. No surprise then that most of its legends are associated with the god of wine. One such myth, penned by the French Renaissance poet Remy Belleau (1528–1577) tells the story of the creation of Amethyst. According to the poem, the Greek wine god Bacchus was pursuing a beautiful maiden named Amethyst, but she did not appreciate Bacchus’ advances and prayed to the Goddess Diana to remain chaste. The Goddess answered her prayer by turning the maiden into a beautiful white Quartz statue. Humbled by Amethyst’s desire to remain chaste, Bacchus spilled red wine over the statue as an offering, dyeing the clear stone a deep purple.

Since it was believed to curb intoxication, the Ancient Greeks and Romans studded their goblets with Amethyst stones or even crafted entire wine glasses out of Amethyst. The stone was also prized in many other cultures and time periods. During the Renaissance, Amethyst has stood for humility and modesty and throughout the ages, powerful and rich monarchs have used Amethyst as a symbol of royalty. Some Amethysts even decorate the British Crown Jewels.

Amethyst is also the stone St. Valentine since he was thought to have worn an Amethyst ring with an engraved image of Cupid. Also called the “couple’s stone”, it is believed that lovers wearing Amethyst will, over time, develop a deeper relationship, one that transcends the carnal union and instills a deeper connection.

This stone is a strong healer and protector, used to this day by many groups of people to shield them from harm and misfortune. Travelers would wear Amethyst to protect themselves against treachery and surprise attacks encountered while on the road and to alleviate homesickness. Ancient warriors used it as a protector in battle to steer clear of harm and to ensure victory over their enemies. Catholic bishops wore Amethyst in a ring to protect themselves from “mystic intoxication” and it is considered a defender against witchcraft and black magic.

Amethyst has a very high vibration so can be channeled to either soothe or stimulate effectively. Its energies shield against psychic attack, which is malevolent thoughts or feelings toward another person that can manifest in illness or disruption in the targeted individual’s life. Psychic attack can occur due to jealousy, anger or wishing harm on another. Amethyst acts like a negativity filter, transforming negative energies into love and then sending the new positive energies back into the universe.

Amethyst is highly beneficial to the mind – it strengthens the imagination and intuition, enhances memory, improves motivation, facilitates the decision making process and helps you channel your thoughts and ideas in order to streamline the process of bringing projects to fruition. Considered a talisman of focus and success, it is thought to render men shrewd in business matters, calm angry temperaments and give advantage in situations where debating is required (making it a great talisman for business people, diplomats and politicians).

Called the “All-healer”, Amethyst is one of the most effective crystals used for healing people and even plants and animals. It calms and soothes the mind, relieves OCD tendencies and hyperactivity, eases headaches and migraines, reduces pain, and curbs cravings. Amethyst also dispels anger, fear, rage and anxiety. Placing Amethyst under the pillow before sleep cures insomnia and stimulates pleasant dreams. Along with many other healing properties, the therapeutic uses of Amethyst have a long and well-documented history. Spiritually, Amethyst’s high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy and creates a shield of Light around the body.

Amethyst is a stone with a strong, focused energy and is especially beneficial worn over the throat or heart. It can be used as a talisman for many different purposes, but whatever the reason behind wearing Amethyst it is a beautiful stone with rich history and a positive, healing energy.

MARGO Bodychain in bright silver with round Amethyst

MARGO Bodychain in bright silver with round Amethyst

MARGO Bodychain

MARGO Bodychain

MARGO Bodychain in dark silver with round Amethyst

MARGO Bodychain in dark silver with round Amethyst

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Stones and Crystals: Jasper

Jana Gumovsky

Red Jasper: Stone of Endurance, Nurturing & Tranquility

When I first came across Jasper I was fascinated by its rustic colouring and earthy tones. The unique patterns and images in jasper stones remind me of little snippets of nature’s landscapes.  I later learned that this stone is an opaque variety of quartz where the unique colour patterns are created by natural impurities and the presence of other minerals such as iron.

Since antiquity, Jasper has been considered a powerful and protective stone to be worn by shamans, kings and priests. Red Jasper specifically was considered the stone of rain bringers and nurturers. It was worn as a talisman by warriors as it staunched the blood when wounded and instilled courage when heading into battle. The Ancient Egyptians associated it with the fertilizing blood of Mother Isis and many Native American tribes called Red Jasper the blood of Mother Earth, using it to stimulate health and re-birth.

SLAVA Necklace with Red and White Faceted Jasper

SLAVA Necklace with Red and White Faceted Jasper

Jasper is an elemental Earth stone with a slow and constant frequency that matches the electromagnetic energies of the planet. It enables one to be more conscious of  natural surroundings and helps use one’s energy in a balanced manner. Red Jasper clears and stabilizes the aura to a state of peace. It brings problems to light and instills the courage to face unpleasant tasks and rectify unjust situations. Red Jasper also promotes physical strength and its gently stimulating energy enhances stamina and endurance so is helpful for individuals working physically strenuous jobs.

This is an artist’s stone as it stimulates the imagination and manifests new ideas. Its energy brings focus, self-mastery and determination to see projects through to the end.

A powerful protecting stone, it can help ward off danger and shield against harmful electromagnetic fields and radiation. Red Jasper’s steady frequency calms the emotional body, creating a lasting stable energy for overcoming illness and improving overall health. It detoxifies the circulatory system and strengthens the heart. Wearing red jasper jewelry shields against psychic attack and protects from others draining your energy.

Red Jasper helps maintain balance and stability during difficult emotional times. It aids in releasing shame and guilt as well as alleviating stress and inducing tranquility. 

 

Shop the ENARMOUR Jasper body chains and necklaces

LAZARUS Body Chain With Faceted Red & White Jasper

LAZARUS Body Chain With Faceted Red & White Jasper

NEVA Body Chain with Faceted Red and Yellow Jasper

NEVA Body Chain with Faceted Red and Yellow Jasper

SLAVA Necklace With Faceted Red and White Jasper

SLAVA Necklace With Faceted Red and White Jasper

ZENITH Body Chain With Round Green and Brown Jasper

ZENITH Body Chain With Round Green and Brown Jasper

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