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Amethyst Crystal Meaning and Properties

As a February baby, Amethyst was the first crystal I was drawn to as a teenager exploring the local metaphysical shops and found myself lost in a sparkling sea of gemstones. It might also be the reason purple has always been my favourite colour. This stunning purple crystal has many uses and benefits, and even after all these years of rock hounding and crystal coveting, it is still the one that holds a special place in my heart.

Amethyst Meaning and Symbolism

Amethyst Crystal Meaning and Properties

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Amethyst is a popular and readily available crystal that can be easily found at any crystal or metaphysical shop. Being such a popular stone, means that it tends to be very reasonably priced, making it a fantastic crystal for general use and those just starting their collections on a limited budget.

In fact, if you are looking for a large statement piece, an Amethyst Geode is a fantastic addition to a home or office, and can be quite reasonable. I have a large geode in my office to help maintain a sense of calm and positivity while working and creating.

Let’s dig into this gorgeous purple crystal and learn more about why it is so special.

Meaning of Amethyst and History

The name “amethyst” derives from the ancient Greek word “amethystos“, which means: a remedy against drunkenness. Because of its wine-like purple colours, early Greek mythology associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine. So next time you are heading out for some wine with friends, make sure you bring some Amethyst!

Or if you are working with Bacchus, this is an important crystal to use in your ritual work.

Need some help with business… or battle? Throughout history, Amethyst was used to keep the wearer clear headed and quick witted in battle and business affairs.

When it comes to love, this crystal was not left out. Renaissance Europeans thought it calmed lovers overrun by passion.

More popularly, this stunning crystal with beautiful shades of purple coloration has long been coveted by Royalty. From Alexander the Great to Catherine the Great, royals have long admired this crystal and held it in great esteem.

Amethyst can be found as raw pieces, large geodes, polished and even carved. It can be found in many places around the world including: Sri Lanka, Siberia, Brazil, Uruguay, Namibia Namibia, Australia, South America, America and we even here in Canada.

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Amethyst can be carved such as in this owl and dragon carved from chevron amethyst.

If you are looking to gift a special piece, it is traditionally given for the sixth wedding anniversary and is the birthstone of February.

Amethyst Benefits and Metaphysical Properties

This powerful and popular crystal is believed to have many metaphysical benefits.


Most notably, it can help calm and relieve stress. This makes it the perfect accessory for someone who wants to de-stress or find peace of mind. Something that was very important for me as a teenager dealing with all the teen years drama and rage as a navigated high school. Very quickly and intuitively, I found that holding Amethyst and carrying it on me, helped me stay grounded and deal more effectively with stressors.

It is also a fantastic calming stone to hold during meditation for its healing energy. At the end of a hard day, I can sit with an amethyst palm stone in my left hand, my right hand over my heart, and feel the tension leaving my body.


Amethyst stone is a crystal that has powerful protective properties. It can help ward against negative energy and psychic attacks. You can use Amethyst for protection while out in the world by keeping it in your purse or handbag bag or wearing it in jewelry. At home, place Amethyst in the areas where you spend a lot of time and want to create a protective, peace filled sanctuary.


Amethyst healing properties cover a wide range including spiritual healing, boosting the immune system, plus many feel it has physical healing properties.

We all know how important sleep is when healing, Amethyst can help you sleep better at night and overcome insomnia with its calming properties. Simply place it under the pillow or bed (under where your head will rest), or on the night stand.

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other mental health issues after undergoing trauma such as abuse or addiction, then amethyst can help as you move through the healing process.

Creativity and Strength

Amethyst is believed to aide in heightening intuition and creativity while simultaneously boosting one’s self-esteem and sense of inner strength. This can help the user find the confidence to follow their own path and express their true self in a situation.

In a work setting, many business people, especially those in creative industries, find it helpful to have amethyst in their workspace. I keep a number of pieces near me while writing. It can aid in providing greater focus, confidence in decision making, and help with the creative flow of ideas.


A few years ago I went through a terrible time as my father was diagnosed with cancer and passed away only a few weeks after diagnosis. He was young, still working full time, and so incredibly vibrant. He was a big part of my life and his loss was devasting for me.

Amethyst became a companion for me during this time as I tried to navigate my grief and loss. It can help with centering and balancing emotions, something I desperately needed as I felt like I was on this out of control rollercoaster during those first few weeks and months. Working with Amethyst helped to also remind me during this time that life is to be celebrated and memories to be cherished. I keep a large geode in my office to remind me constantly about this important outlook on life.

Amethyst and the Chakras

Amethyst is a powerful stone with a strong connection to the Crown Chakra and the Third Eye Chakra.

The Crown Chakra is the seat of higher consciousness, bliss and wisdom, and connects us with our own divinity. Amethyst is a powerful spiritual stone. It provides purifying, healing, and protective energies to help clear, open, and balance the Crown Chakra.

The Third Eye Chakra is the place of foresight and intuition. Amethyst is a crystal that helps open one’s mind and foster creativity. Aiding in the ability to see the big picture and move forward with confidence and strength.

Benefits of Wearing Amethyst

Amethyst is a very popular stone in jewelry, such as amulets, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and even brooches. I have even seen some stunning head wear such as crowns and our hand forged Amethyst hair pins over at Daelen Forge. Wearing amethyst jewelry not only looks good, but it also offers benefits such as:

  • Calming and relieving stress.
  • Promoting inner peace.
  • Protecting against negative energy and psychic attacks.
  • Protection for the wearer from unwanted energies such as negativity, anger, fear, sadness, and depression.
  • Heightening intuition, clarity, and creativity.
  • Boosting self-esteem and invigorating inner strength.
  • Heightened psychic abilities.

What Is An Amethyst Crystal Bath?

Want to try a truly luxurious way of incorporating Amethyst into your life? Try a Crystal Bath. This is a type of bath where Amethyst crystals will cleanse you physically, spiritually and emotionally, while the warm water soothes your body. It is a great idea to use after a particularly draining experience.

To experience this special bath, place a fairly good sized piece (about the size of your palm) on top of some rock salt at the bottom of your tub. Fill the bath with warm water. I highly recommend adding some lavender essential oil to heighten the benefits of this crystal bath.

Soak for 15 minutes and let the crystal infused waters cleanse and heal you. While soaking, meditate and use positive affirmations if you feel moved to do so.

After bathing, remove the crystals and rinse them with fresh water. Dry them completely, then place them in the moonlight to recharge them.

Amethyst Crystals

Amethyst is the birthstone of February and is an extremely powerful and protective stone with a high spiritual vibration. It helps protect against negative energies and enhances spiritual awareness and higher states of consciousness. Wearing Amethyst helps calm and balance the mind and strengthen resolve. All while transmuting anxiety and negative energy into love and emotional strength.

Amethyst is a powerful crystal offering many benefits for people from all walks of life as they walk their unique path of spirituality.

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