Amethyst - Stone of the Month February 29 2012, 0 Comments
Today the amethyst is still used as a meditation aid, for blood and breathing problems, in addition to headaches and insomnia. The stone possesses healing powers which are said to keep the air and life force of a home clean and positive. While the hardness, the refraction, and the weight of the stone are very similar to most quartzes, the crystal structure is different and rather unconventional. Often, only the top layer of the stone has its dominant purple color (the bottom tends to be a milky white color), which is why there are very few large-cut amethysts with an evenly distributed dark color. The reason for this is still not completely certain, but scientists are fairly sure that the iron constituents in connection with natural radioactive radiation are to "blame" for it. In the past, the amethyst was considered to be quite valuable, but today we know of many large deposits especially in Brazil, Uruguay, and Madagascar, which is why it has lost a lot of its value.