Amethyst, Chevron (Brazil)
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Mineralogy of Chevron Amethyst
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Color: Purple and white stripes
Crystal System: Triagonal/Hexagonal
Form/Habit: Pyramidal, sometimes prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal, very brittle
Luminescence: Green, weak (short wave)
Transparency: Transparent to translucent
Location: Chevron 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: Chevron 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. Chevron 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: Chevron 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 Chevron 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, Chevron 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 Chevron Amethysts are fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonym: Banded Amethyst
History of Chevron Amethyst
Chevron 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 Chevron Amethyst, but pure Amethyst has a long and detailed history.
Healing Properities of Chevron Amethyst
Spiritual: Chevron Amethyst combines the high spirituality of Amethyst, the incredible power of Clear Quartz, and the gentle support of Snow Quartz, creating a unique energy for self-reflection and personal growth. It provides us with the love and strength we need to follow our spiritual callings and can be used to heighten intuition and psychic gifts. Chevron Amethyst helps us to accept unseen forces and tap into their power. As a result, it makes a particularly good healing stone for anyone interested in spiritual/energetic healing, such as Reiki. Chevron 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: Chevron Amethyst breaks up negative energy, allowing it to be shaken off the aura. It has a warm and soft energy, which is gentler than pure Amethyst, helping us to feel cozy and safe. Chevron Amethyst is helpful for identifying the root causes behind negative behaviors and emotional patterns so we can make effective changes. Best of all, Chevron Amethyst teaches us to stop resisting those things which serve our Highest Good, thus allowing us to truly embrace the life and self that will bring us the greatest satisfaction and contentment.
Mental: Chevron Amethyst encourages clarity as well as positivity. 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. Chevron Amethyst assists in understanding abstracts, making it a useful stone for philosophers and scientists alike.
Physical: Chevron Amethyst is said to reduce pain, tension, bruising and swelling. It is most often used by metaphysical healers to relieve headaches and insomnia. Chevron Amethyst is thought to clear the aura and transmute any dysfunctional energy located within the physical body, making Chevron Amethyst a wonderful healing stone for general health maintenance and preventive care.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Chevron Amethyst
The Miners sell to a Lapidary
The Lapidary sells to a Gem Dealer/Importer.
The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is complicated but likely clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are most likely in the same country, but the exporter is from a different country.
At least two middle-men are involved.
This Amethyst comes from a small mine in Brazil.
The exact mine is unknown, but most likely caused only minimal environmental damage.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
The Lapidary & Importer
This Amethyst was most likely polished in Brazil and then exported to the United States.
The Importer is a family business, founded by an aunt in the USA and her nephew in Lima, Peru.
The Importer is eco-conscious and workers are paid fairly
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first spoke to the manager of the export company after finding them online in early 2017 and met the manager in person at the Denver Gem Show later that year. I was cautious about doing business with them since they are the exporter, rather than the miners or tumblers. But I studied their company and was pleased by their dedication to environmentalism. They focus on exporting Fair Trade, Consciously-Made, and No-Harm Peruvian handicrafts. They also have worked to reduce their carbon footprint in their wholesale warehouse.
In 2019, I had a long conversation with the manager about ethical topics in the stone industry. She was willing to speak candidly about both the positives and the negatives. She also shared how she personally struggled with the ethical issues and her part in the supply chain. Whenever a shipment of goods arrives from Peru, she insists on smudging every box before it is brought into the factory. The manager introduced me to the mother of the current owner. A tiny woman, less than 5 ft tall, she was happy to reminisce with me about how she started the company more than 30 years ago. She had been a young immigrant mother, searching for a new life. Her nephew, back in Peru, shipped her a few buckets of Pyrite and asked her to see if she could sell them. She laughed to remember those days and radiated happiness and gratitude. Today, the business is run by her son and his cousin in Peru.
Safe Handling of Chevron Amethyst
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