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This unique crystal is a purple form of crystallized quartz. The beautiful and iconic colour comes from the presence of manganese during its formation. The colour of the stone ranges from pale lilac and lavender to deep purple, as well as a mixture of white and purple. It occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks, particularly granite and gneiss. The physical properties of amethyst vary greatly from one location to another.
Also known as the stone of St Valentine and of faithful lovers, the stone was worn by the first Christians a s well as St Valentine himself. It is the stone of faithful lovers. According to Greek mythology, Amethyst was a young virgin who became the object of wrath of the Greek God Dionysus after he became intoxicated with red wine. When Amethyst cried out to Goddess Diana for help, she immediately turned the girl into a white, shimmering stone which was then saturated by the wine until it became the purple quartz that is now known as Amethyst.
It is known as the all-healer of people, animals and plants. The stone reduces addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder as well as helps with hyperactivity in children and animals: therefore, it is often known as nature’s tranquilizer.