Amethysts are perhaps the best known and best valued minerals in the world. With their light purple to deep violet color they impress many people. The color comes from iron traces in the quartz. The amethyst crystals are often hexagonal and regularly occur in the form of clusters or geodes. But sometimes you also see some in the shape of a point or obelisk.


An amethyst cluster refers to a group of amethyst crystals grown together. They grow separately from each other so can grow in different directions, creating interesting structures. They are very popular as interior decoration.


A geode is a hollow rock or stone with a gemstone inside. They are formed under pressure during a volcanic process. The formation of amethysts often starts as quartz that then cools and solidifies. Because it is liquid during the volcanic process, it can creep through cracks in rock. Besides the fact that they look beautiful, many people also believe that geodes can influence energies in our bodies and in our homes. It is said that if you have two halves that were originally together, you can create an energy field by placing one amethyst on one side of the room and the other opposite, facing each other.


Many people believe in the healing power of gemstones and minerals. The atoms that make up the stones all vibrate. The atoms in our bodies also vibrate. Metaphysics assumes high vibrations (fast vibrations) that are linked to the spiritual and positive. In contrast, low vibrations (slow vibrations) are associated with grounding but also with more negative moods such as depression.

Within chakra philosophy and crystal healing, amethysts are associated with the top two chakras (energy centers in the body), the third eye chakra or forehead chakra and the crown or crown chakra. Certain minerals are linked to the chakras and may help activate or open them, allowing energy to flow better. For example, an amethyst could help with spiritual growth and developing and daring to trust intuition and inner wisdom.

Notice the little flower-like structure here! It looks like a lotus. The lotus is the symbol for the chakras.

Golden triangle

Together with rock crystal and rose quartz, amethyst is called the 'golden triangle'. If you put these three minerals together, they would strengthen each other's effect. The effect of amethyst is often described as protective and purifying. People use it to gain insight into themselves and their patterns, and to experience inner peace and balance.

The name amethyst

The name 'amethyst' comes from the Greek 'amethystos' (not drunk). This comes from a legend about Dionysus, god of wine and ecstasy. In this legend it is said that Bacchus is angry with humanity and wants to devour the first person he sees. This was a woman named Amethyste. Amethyste was saved by the goddess Artemis, who turned her into a crystal so that Dionysus could not harm her. Dionysus then poured wine over the crystal, giving it its purple color.

Since then, amethyst has been associated with sobriety and protection against drunkenness. People therefore sometimes wear amethyst jewelry or drink from cups containing amethyst.

Amethysts at Rootz Gallery

We received a large box in January 2024 with 41 amethyst geodes in it, ranging from large to small, wide to narrow and high to low. Some have large crystals, others smaller. And there are also geodes that contain other crystals in addition to amethyst, such as rock crystal, agate and calcite starburst. They come from Brazil, where many amethysts are found. At Rootz Gallery we also have amethyst pendants for a necklace.

It is important to note that the vibrant purple color of amethysts may fade when exposed to sunlight.

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