‘The Same But Different’
Lets look at ‘Amethyst’
Amethyst is a member of the quartz family of crystals. Its colour – a purple hue that ranges from the deepest royal purple to the palest of lavender shades – is mainly due to the iron it contains within the crystal. Amethyst was formed mainly by gas bubbles in volcanic rock. The name ‘amethyst’ is derived from Greece and means ‘non inebriated’ (amethysts). Its sober, clearing effect was already known in antiquity, and the crystal was highly prized. Legend has it that Romans used to place a piece of amethyst in their drinking goblets to avoid the ‘hangover’ effects of over indulging! Moving forward to the Middle Ages amethyst was described by Konrad von Megenberg as something that ‘makes a person better, disperses bad thoughts, brings good commonsense and makes one mild and gentle’. Hildegarde von Bingen, and abess from the 12 Century wrote many books including one about crystals and their healing effects – she has written how to make ‘amethyst water’ by steaming a piece of amethyst over a cauldron, and using the amethyst water for skin diseases and swellings and bruising. It is also known that their was a tradition in Arab countries to place a piece of amethyst under the pillow to prevent nightmares…
So we have a crystal formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, and which has through the ages had traditions and properties attributed to it, many of which we still follow today.
Amethyst can be found in many locations around the world, and here we have examples of amethyst from Brazil, India and Uruguay. The amazing thing is that no matter where in the world amethyst is found, the crystal structure and content are the same – amethyst is always a form of quartz containing six other minerals. The chemical formula for amethyst is always SiO2 + (Al, Fe, Ca, Mg, Li, Na)
Looking at these amethyst pieces made me think – yes it’s all the same but different, in the same way that we, as humans, are all the same but different.
I try to strive not to be the same as the ‘rest’ and instead to celebrate the fact that I am the same yet unique! I shall continue to enjoy every moment of being ‘me’ – and like you too, I am the same but different!