The Witch Wives' Blog / gems
The Science of Amethyst Amethyst is a variety of quartz which appears translucent purple, in shades from palest lavender to nearly black, thanks to natural irradiation and metallic impurities. As a quartz, it is a silicate mineral with the formula SiO2, and it has a trigonal crystal structure. It prefers to grow in the shape of six-sided prisms terminating in a six-sided point. It has no cleavage, but has a conchoidal fracture and glassy lustre. It typically has a hardness of 7, but impurities can make it softer. It is generally considered insoluble and leaves a white streak on a...
This article originally appeared in our May edition of Witch, What?, a newsletter for witches of all experience levels which you can pick up in person at our stores or receive for free with an online order. It includes information like that month's full moon, any Wheel of the Year holidays coming up, what is in bloom that month, and helpful articles like this one! These articles will not appear on our blog until the following month, so if you want to get them right away, make sure to drop by our booth at the 400 Market!Read more →