Amethyst, Banded


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Healing Properties of Banded Amethyst

Spiritual: Banded Amethyst combines the high spirituality of Amethyst with the incredible amplifying power of Clear Quartz and the gentle support of Snow Quartz.  Together they create a unique energy for wisdom, self-reflection and personal growth.  Banded Amethyst provides us with the soulful strength we need to follow our spiritual callings, even if there is some discomfort along the way.  It is especially good if we have left the faith of our childhood behind and are embracing a new understanding of Truth and Light.  Banded Amethyst helps us to assess what we have learned and to test our beliefs against reality.  It asks us to carefully check if our words, actions and beliefs match the moral code we claim to follow.  It asks us to notice what is Good and what brings long lasting peace into our life and the lives of others.  Banded Amethyst also heightens intuition.  It can show us how to tap into the power of unseen forces and our own psychic gifts.  As such, it is a particularly good healing stone for anyone interested in spiritual/energetic healing, such as Reiki.  Banded Amethyst is attuned to the Third Eye and Crown Chakras and linked to all astrological signs.  It is connected to all the elements and vibrates to the number 7.

Emotional: Banded Amethyst has a warm and soft energy, which is gentler than pure Amethyst, helping us to feel cozy and safe.  It breaks up any negative energy that has gotten trapped in our heart or mind, causing us distress and making us feel small.  Banded Amethyst reminds us of our royal nature and bows down to us so that we can confidentially step into our power.  It is especially supportive if we need help identifying the root causes behind negative behaviors and emotional patterns.  It shines a bright light directly on the source of our discomfort and then swings the light over to us so that we recognize where our power needs to be brought into play.  Banded Amethyst reminds us that oftentimes simple changes, if they are the right change, can have an enormously positive impact.  While it might not be easy to make changes, Banded Amethyst assures us that it will always be worth it to prioritize peace and healing. Banded Amethyst asks us to please stop resisting those things which serve our Highest Good.  When we step into our power, we truly embrace the life and Higher Self that will bring us the greatest satisfaction and contentment.

Mental: Banded Amethyst encourages clarity and realistic optimism. It helps us to see that there is a positive solution for every problem and that struggle is not always required. It is a wonderful stone for manifestation, helping us move from merely thinking and talking about the things we wish to accomplish, to actively engaging in the work. Banded Amethyst is fantastic tool for understanding abstract ideas, making it a useful talisman for philosophers and scientists alike.  It encourages us to think clearly and thoroughly, and to carefully check our conclusions to make sure they match reality.  If something doesn’t make sense, Banded Amethyst asks us to hold off on making any decisions or beliefs, until we understand better.  It reminds us that a half-baked idea or a poorly-thought-out conclusion will never be in our best interest.  Banded Amethyst asks us to value truth and understanding, and to avoid mental laziness.

Physical: Banded Amethyst is recommended for anyone who wants to focus on general health and preventative care.  It reminds us that it will always be easier to maintain good health if we take care of problems swiftly when they first come up, rather than waiting for a big crisis to force us into action.  Banded Amethyst is particularly good if we are worried we are becoming an alcoholic so we can cut back, rather than allowing a drinking habit to grow out-of-control.  If we need to make serious changes to improve our physical and mental health, Banded Amethyst helps us to make wise choices and to follow through.   It reminds us that we get to choose whether the habits of today remain the habits of the future.  It is a particularly good talisman for insomniacs who need to take control of the mind and body.  It is also a soothing talisman during a headache or whenever we are experiencing physical discomfort in our head or ears.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Banded Amethyst

Rough Chevron Amethyst
Rough Chevron Amethyst, Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria

Mineral Family: Tectosilicate

Chemical Composition: SiO2
Cleavage: None
Color: Purple and white stripes
Crystal System: Triagonal/Hexagonal
Form/Habit: Pyramidal, sometimes prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal, very brittle
Gravity: 2.65
Hardness: 7
Luminescence: Green, weak (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Transparent to translucent

Location: Banded Amethyst is found wherever pure Amethyst is located. The most important deposits specific to Chevron Amethyst are located in India and Russia. Other deposits are located in Brazil, Canada, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United States (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Oregon), Uruguay, and Zambia.


Mineral Family: Banded Amethyst is a type of Amethyst, the purple variety of Quartz, which is in turn a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is a large mineral family in its own right and its members come in every shade of the rainbow. Colorless Quartz is called Clear Quartz or Rock Crystal. Yellow Quartz is Citrine. Green Quartz is Prasiolite. Brown Quartz is Smoky Quartz. Pink Quartz is, of course, Rose Quartz. The most highly prized variety of all is Amethyst, or purple Quartz. Amethyst ranges from light violet to darkest purple. Banded Amethyst is a type of Amethyst in which multiple shades of purple can be seen in distinctive stratification, along with transparent Clear Quartz and/or white Snow Quartz.

Formation: Banded Amethyst is created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rocks. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals. Trace particles of iron within the silica acid gives Amethyst its purple color, otherwise the silica acid would transform into Clear Quartz. Chevron Amethyst is created when a single bubble cools down at various rates, resulting in varying shades of purple. Bubbles which contain smaller levels of iron produce Banded Amethysts with Clear Quartz and Snow Quartz stratification. 

Mining: Amethyst is a highly desirable and relatively common semi-precious stone. As a result, it is the primary focus for numerous mines located around the world. While the primary focus of these mines is pure purple Amethyst, Banded Amethyst is also mined as a matter of course.

Enhancements: Lab-created deep purple Amethyst is widely available in the fine gemstone market and is primarily used for jewelry. By contrast Banded Amethysts are fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonym: Chevron Amethyst

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Photos: Rough Banded Amethyst

History of Banded Amethyst

Banded Amethyst is a relatively “new” healing stone whose properties have only recently begun to be explored. As a result, it was not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. There are no known historical traditions specifically relating to Banded Amethyst, but pure Amethyst has a long and detailed history.

For more information, see Amethyst, Clear Quartz and Snow Quartz.

Ethically Sourced Banded Amethyst


The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.







The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and short

The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, but there are no middlemen involved.



The Mine

This Banded Amethyst is from a small mine in Namibia. 

The mine causes only minimal environmental damage and has safe conditions for workers.

Learn More: Ethical Mining



The Lapidary

This Banded Amethyst was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary


Sourcing Relationship

I have been doing business with this source since 2014.  They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source.  The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons.  Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it.  The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.

The current owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally.  For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners.  The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.  Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin.  For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly.  As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them.  However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.

Safe Handling of Banded Amethyst

Banded Amethyst

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Banded Amethyst

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Namibia

Polishing Method:  Drum tumbled. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.


  • Color: Purple and white with bands and/or chevrons
  • Polish: Shiny and completely smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Rounded edges / irregular tumbled shapes
  • Size: Average size is 1 in / 25 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 0.7 oz / 20 g / 99 carats.
  • Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.


  1. Julie Pire

    What soft beauty the Banded Amethyst has! The Snow Quartz stripes and chevrons blend into the Amethyst with a gentleness that looks like a watercolor painting, and the intensely purple Amethyst part is full of little glimmers and rainbows. Its energy is clean, kind, sustaining and uplifting.

  2. Samantha F (Pennsylvania)

    I received my chevron amethyst today! Thank you so much, it’s absolutely beautiful! The cut is so unique. I’ve been holding it and feeling it’s energy. Looking at it again and again. You picked the perfect one for me!

  3. judy p.

    Gave this as a gift to dear friend. She was so delighted with the stone and the thoughtful packaging. I love that I can trust Julie to make special gift packages!

  4. Camille M. (Illinois)

    The seller has great taste when picking.Awesome sourcing. I luv it!

  5. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    The chevron amethyst has very pretty and bold colors! I’m very much enjoying my little collection of different amethyst types!

  6. Kate F. (Georgia)

    Super fast shipping. Absolutely beautiful crystals as usual. Thank you 🙂

  7. Tauree D. (Utah)

    My first order of stones was for a friend and when they came, they had such a lovely energy, I had a hard time wanting to give them away. I was really excited to be able to come back and select some to keep for myself. Thank you for putting such care into what you do. I’m so pleased to have found your shop.

  8. Corinna H. (Illinois)

    Received guickly very satisfied. Thanks seller!!

  9. Norman A. (Kentucky)

    Dine shop and owner, thank you, I will be back again!!!

  10. Hannah D. (North Carolina)

    The Chevron Amethyst I received is wonderful, as is the Aventurine! Love them both!

  11. Maria L. (Florida)

    amazing quality gem just what i expected great deal

  12. Valerie D. (Minnesota)

    im in love! perfect juicy girl!

  13. Jazmine S. (Colorado)

    Julie is pure light, joy. She took the time to speak with me and help me choose stones to help my body and mind to focus, be loved. There will be hard times, or past trama PTSD, but with breathing exercises holding my black tourmaline during a difficult time helps me alot. Then when I am ready to focus or be energized I reach for my ocean jasper or peridot. Each and every stone has a meaning, a purpose in there own to help us, boost us up in times in need. I am in love with my stones and you will be also! Especially once you speak with Julie. Again thank you.

  14. Delphine

    so perfect for my science project

  15. Deanna S. (Illinois)

    Love the stones Julie has chosen for me. Very attuned. I received a beautiful Chevron Amethyst.

  16. Shelly F. (Oregon)

    thank you so much for another great transaction! I’ll be back.favorite seller!

  17. Maren S. (Virginia)

    One of my faves, great communication and customer service, thanks, Julie!!

  18. Susie C. (Michigan)

    This amethyst has already been able to help me with physical healing of pain. Julie is a doll and she is so wonderful to do business with. I will be back!

  19. Stan S. (California)

    Goddess of Healing Stones, Thank You

  20. Viry A. (California)

    A+++ Amazing communication! Love my stones. Thank you!

  21. McKenna P. (Arizona)

    thank you so much! <3<3<3<3

    i thought it was very pretty really. it reminded me of ice cream and lavender!

  22. Jennifer P. (Massachusetts)

    Highest quality and cherry picked!

  23. Gus P. (Illinois)

    fantastic seller,great product, fast dilivery, can’t ask for better.

  24. Michael E. (Florida)

    Got it, looks great, thanks

  25. Lisa S. (Michigan)

    A beautiful stone that you picked out for me and it has so much more detail than I expected. Thank you so much! I’m sure I will be back again for more!

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