Click to enlargeWHEN I STARTED VISITING BRAZIL MANY YEARS AGO, I BECAME ENTHRALLED WITH THE GEMSTONES AND MINERAL SPECIMANS I ENCOUNTERED THROUGHOUT MY TRAVELS. TO A GEMOLOGIST, BRAZIL IS LIKE HEAVEN ON EARTH, BLESSED WITH DEPOSITS OF ALMOST EVERY GEM PURSUED BY MAN.

OF ALL THE SPECIMENS I EXAMINED, I FOUND THE AMETHYST GEODE TO BE THE MOST CAPTIVATING AND BEAUTIFUL. EACH ONE,UNIQUELY SHAPED BY NATURE, THEIR SHELLS LINED WITH THOUSANDS OF PURPLE AMETHYST CRYSTALS. ONLY ONE PLACE ON EARTH ARE THESE HIGH QUALITY AMETHYST GEODES FOUND, THE BRAZILIAN -URUGUAYAN BORDER OF SOUTH AMERICA. THESE WONDERS THAT HAVE TAKEN NATURE MILLIONS OF YEARS TO CREATE, STARTED OUT AS A GAS BUBBLE FROM A MAGMATIC FLOW. IN THE FOLLOWING EPOCH, GROUND WATER WOULD SLOWLY PERMEATE THE CAVITY, DEPOSITING ITS DISSOLVED MINERAL DEPOSITS, SLOW ENOUGH FOR THE DISSOLVED MINERALS TO ASSEMBLE INTO THEIR UNIQUE CRYSTAL FORM

IN THE CASE OF THE RIO GRANDE DO SOL REGION OF BRAZIL, THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THAT ENVIRONMENT WERE VERY SPECIAL BECAUSE OF THE SILICON AND IRON /MANGANESE MINERALS PRESENT. THE GEODE CAVITIES WERE TO BE FILLED WITH THE AMETHYST CRYSTAL, POSSESSING A DEEP, BEAUTIFUL PURPLE TONE. PERHAPS NOWHERE ON EARTH IS A MORE BEAUTIFUL GEODE CREATED.

THE AMETHYST CRYSTAL

A CRYSTAL IS A MINERAL THAT HAS FORMED INTO A GEOMETRIC PATTERN. A QUARTZ CRYSTAL DISPLAYING VIOLET COLOR TONES IS CONSIDERED AMETHYST. THE AMETHYST CRYSTAL FORMS A 6-SIDED HEXAGONAL PRISM ENDING USUALLY INTO A VERY DEFINED POINT.

ALL CRYSTALS VIBRATE AT THEIR OWN FREQUENCY, AND SOME PEOPLE ARE SENSITIVE ENOUGH TO FEEL THESE VIBRATIONS. SOMETIMES A QUARTZ CRYSTAL MAY GIVE OFF RAPID PULSES OF ENERGY.

DURING THE MIDDLE AGES, THE AMETHYST'S BEAUTY AND RARITY MADE IT MORE VALUABLE THAN DIAMONDS, OFTEN WORN IN RINGS OF KINGS AND QUEENS. AMETHYST WAS TRADITIONALLY BELIEVED TO PROTECT THE BEARER FROM INTOXICATION AND EXCESS PHYSICAL PASSION. IN ANCIENT ROME, A GIFT OF AMETHYST FROM WIVES TO THEIR HUSBANDS WOULD GUARANTEE HIS LOVE AND FIDELITY.

TODAY, AMETHYST CRYSTALS AND GEODES ARE CONSIDERED TO HAVE POWER TO STIMULATE PEOPLE INTO BEING MORE CREATIVE AND MENTALLY ALERT. AN AMETHYST CRYSTAL COULD ENSURE YOUR WORKING ENVIRONMENT WITH STIMULATIONS, CREATIVITY, AND STRESS RELIEF.

MENTAL /SPIRITUAL GROWTH: AMETHYST IS AN EXCELLENT CRYSTAL FOR PEOPLE WHO MEDITATE, AS IT INDULGES A STATE OF TRANQUILITY AND CALMNESS. AMETHYST MAY ASSIST IN CHANGING ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR AND NEGATIVITY WHILE MAKING GOALS AND DREAMS CLEARER AND MORE REALISTIC.

AMETHYST IS USED IN CHROMOTHERAPY HEALING TO RECOVER THE HUMAN BEING'S PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, AND MENTAL EQUILIBRIUM

ZODIAC ASSOCIATIONS : SAGITTARIUS, PISCES, CAPRICORN

BIRTHSTONE: FEBRUARY

COMPILED BY:

ROBERT EVANS - PRESIDENT OF GEOSOL IMPORTS

B.S. GEOLOGY -WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY / G.I.A. CERTIFIED GEMOLOGIST