Amethyst / Transcend to Transform

Transformation + Protection + Addiction-Release + Sleep aid

Treasured by generations of crystal lovers, Amethyst’s name comes from ancient Greek legend of Bacchus and his intoxicating powers. Taking legend to heart, Ancient Greeks and Romans drank from Amethyst goblets as a talisman against overindulgence and addiction. English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC.

It has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. Some historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an Amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid. And for those familiar with Old Testament history, Amethyst was one of the twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel.

For many years, Amethyst was held to be one of the most precious gemstones, often favourited by royalty or exclusively by the clergy as a symbol of Christ. It was even held for many years in the same regard as the diamond. It wasn’t until the discovery of more abundant supplies of Amethyst that it became a gemstone enjoyed by more than just the wealthiest buyers.

Leonard da Vinci once said that amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and get rid of evil thoughts. 

Today, Amethyst reminds us to always treat body and mind as a sacred temple. A stone of protection, it creates an ultraviolet bubble of protective light around people and spaces, and it’s very helpful for insomnia and nightmares. A stone of transcendence, Amethyst heightens psychic powers, and will strengthen your connection to all things mystical and magical. 

Amethyst is a purple variety of Quartz (SiO2) and owes its violet color to irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. Its hardness (a 7 on the Mohs scale) is the same as other Quartz and the best varieties of Amethyst can be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the far East.

Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February and a zodiac birthstone for Aquarius and Pisces. 

Bibliography:

– Crystals, The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing, Yulia van Doren.

– American Gem Society, www.americangemsociety.org

– Wikipedia

Tanzanite

Do you know Tanzanite? Today I want to explain you something more about this beautiful blue stone, because it seems to be very popular lately and I’m also in love with its colour and texture. 

Tanzanite is the blue and violet variety of Zoisite (from Epidote group). The gemstone was discovered by Manuel de Souza in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania in 1967. The curiosity is that Tanzanite is only found in Tanzania, in a very small mining area, and this is one of the reasons that make Tanzanite special and rare. 

Tanzanite has a remarkable strong trichroism, appearing alternately blue, violet and burgundy depending on crystal orientation and it can also appear differently when viewed under alternate lighting conditions. The majority of Tanzanite on the market today is heat treated to minimize the brown colors found naturally, and to enhance the blue shades that can rival sapphire

Do you know that the name of “Tanzanite” was given by Tiffany & Co to the gemstone in 1968? The scientific name of “blue-violet zoisite” was not thought to be consumer friendly enough by Tiffany’s marketing department, and inspired with its origin country Tanzania they introduced it to the market as Tanzanite. 

In 2002, the American Gem Trade Association choose Tanzanite as a December Birthstone next to Zircon and Turquoise. So if your birthday is on December, you can discover more about your birthstones here! 

An independent study from 2012 suggests, as its rareness and the small mine area where it can be found, Tanzanite deposits may deplete in 30 years.

Did you like it? Now you know a little bit more about this beautiful and rare blue stone…don’t you think it’s very special?