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amazing crystals -Shangaan Amethyst

Shangaan Amethyst pendant by Stelae jewelry

Dark, clear + smoky amethyst from Zimbabwe

Anyone who watched Jim Henson’s fantasy film from 1982 “the dark crystal” knows amethyst ain’t nothing to f*** with. But, i along with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and the skeksis have continually sought out this engaging variety of quartz.

Shangaan Amethyst crystal
Shangaan amethyst

There is a wild diversity and range of metaphysical associations, as diverse as the many cultures that have revered this gemstone from antiquity. One of the most persistent attributes comes from the ancient Greeks who used it to prevent and cure the hangover. Personally, i like to spend a little time in meditation to get to know how a particular element or mineral vibes, i always feel well and protected by amethyst. The jury is still out on hangovers.

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two of my favorite varieties Of Amethyst are Shangaan from Zimbabwe and Veracruz amethyst from Veracruz, mexico. I adore both, and they both have unique attributes and properties.

Shangaan Amethysts are a relatively new discovery and have some amazing physical qualities. They tend to contain a swirling mix of darker purple, clear + light smokiness. Also, A common feature I’m told, is that often, you can see what appears to be tiny reddish purple flecks emanating from the center. I’m told that is a result of an interaction with the mineral hematite during formation. Wether or not hematite is involved, the result is a beautiful sparkling specimen full of positive energy. Because of these qualities, the Shangaan variety steps up and demands attention.

i must admit, i want to be surrounded by amethyst. I desire to lay on amethyst mats, sleep in amethyst rooms and Eat off amethyst plates. At the last Denver gem show, i went all out on a collection of Shangaan Amethyst.

these crystals are perfect raw, in thier naturally found state, with the interplay of it’s constituent colors all together. i have only made pendants using them, customizing each unique crystal with a handcrafted sterling silver setting. They deserve to be raw and upfront and center.

Below, I’ve added a gallery of a few pendants featuring Shangaan Amethyst. And be sure to read my full page on Amethysts!