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Amethyst - February's gorgeous birthstone

Anyone who knows THD jewelry, knows I love Amazonite. But any semiprecious stone that is bright and colorful will catch my eye. My ultimate dream would be to own a bead store that I could just go buy so so many gorgeous stones to sell. But then I would be probably never make any money because I wouldn't want to part with any of them. LOL. But I will be featuring a new stone every month on the blog. And this month is Amethyst of course!

Amethyst crystal is one of several varieties of quartz, which gives it a crystal trigonal system. With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, it is a durable stone. Its lavender to violet shade is the result of iron and aluminum deposits, as well as natural irradiation. Amethyst stone is made up of silicon dioxide.

The name amethyst translates in Greek to, “not drunken.” An ancient Greek myth explains this seemingly odd name. According to the myth, the god Bacchus was angry, and had vowed to descend a hoard of tigers upon the first person who crossed his path. Amethyst was on her way to give thanks at the shine of the god Diana, when she happened upon Bacchus. Before the tigers could eat Amethyst, she was saved by Diana, who turned her into a clear crystal. Bacchus, remorseful for the fate he had so recklessly caused the girl, poured the juice of grapes over the stone as an offering, and thus bestowed the crystal with its unique purple coloring. The greeks gave amethyst crystal meaning, perpetuating a belief that it could inhibit the intoxication of all who wore it. In the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, amethyst meaning is quite different. Amethyst properties are not of sobriety, but of wealth in this ancient harmonizing technique. If placed in the wealth corner, amethyst can amplify the flow of prosperity into the home. - energy muse

According to the same website, it has many protective properties as well. Linked to the crown chakra it purifies and clears the mind of negative thoughts, including stress and anxiety. People use amethyst to mediate with to rid the body and mind of dark thoughts. It's also associated with abundance and emanating prosperity. Some other properties are intuition and communication.

It's known as the Zodiac sign of Pisces and linked to the element of Wind.

There are so many ways you can create jewelry with amethyst.

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amethyst earrings bloomingoakdesign.comamethyst earrlngsthese are a custom design I did for a birthday gift a friend asked me to make. I need to make another pair so I can add them to my website, because I really like they way they came out.

There are so many different ways to create jewelry with amethyst. You can meditate with an amethyst crystal or leave it in your bedroom for the healing properties. Either way you should think about adding amethyst to your life, if for nothing else, it's just a gorgeous stone. 


  • Posted by Traci Manning on

    Ellen Raugust,
    You are welcome! The earrings are beautiful.

  • Posted by Ellen Raugust on

    Thanks for featuring my amethyst earrings from BloomingOak Design!


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