Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. A variety of quartz recognized by it’s many shades of purple, from lilac to deep violet, the Amethyst is a gemstone with a long history.
This gloriously regal quartz grows on the inside of geodes (aka “thundereggs”), with the richness of its color dependent on the presence of manganese and iron.
Leonardo Da Vinci once wrote that amethyst holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one’s intelligence. Healers have been using it to increase their psychic abilities and intuition for centuries. Cross-culturally, this popular gemstone was used as a symbol of peace and unification. It is also thought to evoke feelings of serenity and calmness in those who wear it. Some naturopaths will use this gemstone to help treat insomnia and sugar imbalances, and to relieve headaches.