Amethyst is a beautiful crystal and it is one of the most popular choices for people looking through the options in a Crystal Shop Aberystwyth way. It can be found in everything from rough cut crystals through to palm stones and crystal chips, all of which will have favouring shades of the deep purple colour that amethyst is well known for.
Amethyst is a type of quartz crystal which is one of the reasons it is so popular. It has been used in jewellery and decoratively since ancient Egypt and due to its vibrant purple colour it’s not hard to see why. Interestingly the colour is actually as a result of impurities in the structure of crystal. The purple colour is made when iron takes the place of silicone in the crystal in a process called irradiation.
Many people purchase crystals as decorations and others buy them for the spiritual connections that they have. Tibetan monks use amethyst in their prayer beads as they are seen as a crystal that can help to calm the mind. It is this quality that also sees them being used in crystal healing and reiki.
Most precious stones are valued based on their carat but in the case of amethyst it is actually valued based on its colour. There are some tones of purple, such as the one called “Deep Russian” that are incredibly rare and so drive up the price of these crystals.« Back