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Amethyst Gemstone - Substitute Stone for Blue Sapphire
Amethyst - February Birthstone
Amethyst Gemstone is from the Quartz Family. Amethyst is a semi precious gemstone available in purple to bluish violet in color.This Stone is considered as a symbol of nobility, sincerity, security and peace of mind.This gemstone is ruled by Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Amethyst stone is a popular substitute for Blue Sapphire which is the Gemstone of Saturn.
Amethyst derives its name from the Greek word "amethystos" which means "not drunken". Amethyst is the traditional birthstone of February. This stone is also suitable for those born on the Zodiac Signs Pisces, Sagittarius, Aries, Capricorn and Aquarius. This Stone is also the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 4th, 6th year and 17th year of marriage. Amethyst gemstone color is considered as a royal color and has adorned the British Crown Jewels. This stone is considered as the 'Stone of Spirituality'. Amethyst is also referred to as "Bishop's Stone" as it is worn by even the Bishops of Churches.
Amethyst Rocks can be found in Brazil, Ceylon, Canada, India, Zambia, Bolivia, Australia and Argentina in notable quantities.
Amethyst Stone - Uses and Healing Properties
Amethyst is a Healer's Stone. Though it is associated with the Crown Chakra, it is used for Healing and Balancing all the Chakras in the human body. This Stone increases psychic abilities and right-brain activity which may be why many Tarot Card Readers are said to keep a small piece of amethyst quartz crystal along with their Cards. It is also known to increase memory, motivation and courage. This stone is used to treat Headaches, breathing problems, body pains, blood sugar and even mental imbalances. Amethyst is an immunity booster.
This stone is ideal for Meditation purpose. Placing it on the Crown Chakra can increase psychic awareness and clarity. It can be placed under the pillow at night for a calm and peaceful sleep. This stone is also said to protect the wearer from sudden and unexpected happenings, sickness,danger and evil spirits. If you are trying to fight alcohol addiction, this is the gemstone you should wear. It is said that in ancient times people used to drink from amethyst cups so that they don't get intoxicated.
Amethyst is a hard gem and do not scratch easily making it an ideal stone for jewelry. because of its beauty and hardness, it is used to make fancy jewelry and looks wonderful in rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings and bracelets. Talking of Amethyst jewelry, heart rings and drop earrings are extremely popular among Jewellery lovers.
This Stone can be cleaned with warm, soapy water and a soft brush. However, do not expose this stone to heat as it can change color. It is often heat treated to create Citrine. Amethyst Stone is an ideal gemstone for those who deal with fashion garments, beauty parlours, travel and tourism, research, show business etc.