Gemstone Profile: Amethyst

Gemstone Profile: Amethyst

Posted by Chris Colvin on Nov 13th 2022

Amethysts are the birthstone of January. They are also known as the stone of love, peace, harmony, balance, protection, healing, spirituality, and intuition. Some believe that amethyst crystals can help you find your true self and bring out your inner wisdom.

The name Amethyst comes from the Greek word meaning “not drunken.” 

This gemstone has been associated with many different cultures throughout history. In ancient Egypt, it was believed to protect against evil spirits. In India, it was thought to have magical powers. In Tibet, it was considered sacred because it could absorb negative energy. 

Today, amethyst is still regarded in many circles as a powerful crystal and is also used in jewelry. Raw Amethyst points are also of interest to collectors for their coloration and beauty they can add to a display cabinet. Amethyst is easily cut on a lapidary saw and can be used for various purposes. Some of the unique ones we've seen are as book ends. Not only are they heavy and won't budge, but it brings a level of beauty to an otherwise barren shelf of books. 

One of our favorites are geodes, or the even larger Amethyst Cathedrals that can fetch hundreds if not thousands of dollars. These are not only large, but they make an excellent conversation piece and bring gorgeous color into the home.