Stone Talk: Amethyst
Purple Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty & legendary powers to stimulate & soothe the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today's classifications, but to the ancients it was a "Gem of Fire", a precious stone worth, at times in history, as much as a diamond. Associated with February, Amethyst is also known as the stone of St. Valentine & faithful love, as St. Valentine was thought to have worn an Amethyst ring engraved with the image of Cupid.
As a meditative and calming stone, Amethyst works in the emotional, spiritual and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. It is also very well known, as from the ancients, as a sobriety stone. It has been used for millenia to prevent drunkenness, and is used to assist in getting rid of addictions to alcohol, drugs and smoking etc.
The hardness of Amethyst stone is at 7, with diamond being the hardest at 10. Amethyst is crystalline quartz in colours ranging from pale lilac to deep reddish purple.
In essence, Amethyst is a great stone to have for those seeking inner peace and makes a wonderful gift for someone you love. For those who suffer from insomnia, place a piece under your pillow to help you combat the condition.