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Mineralogy of Brandberg Amethyst
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Color: Purple, Grey, White
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Pyramidal, sometimes prismatic
Luminescence: Green, weak (short wave)
Transparency: Translucent to opaque
Location: While Amethyst and Smoky Quartz are found in numerous locations around the world, Brandberg Amethyst is found exclusively in Namibia.
Mineral Family: Brandberg Amethyst is a unique type of Chevron Amethyst found in Namibia. While most Chevron Amethyst only combine purple Amethyst and white Snow Quartz, Brandberg Amethyst combines purple Amethyst, grey Smoky Quartz and Clear Quartz. Amethyst is the purple variety of Quartz, which is in turn a Silicate mineral, and belongs to the same family as Clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Citrine, Rose Quartz, and Prasiolite.
Formation: All varieties of Quartz are 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. Brandberg, and other forms of Chevron Amethyst, are created when a single bubble cools down at various rates, resulting in varying shades of purple. Bubbles which contain smaller levels of iron produce Amethysts with Clear Quartz and Snow Quartz stratification. If Amethyst is naturally irridatated, it will turn grey and become Smoky Quartz. Brandberg Amethyst is unique in that crystals are partially purple Amethyst and partially grey Smoky Quartz.
Mining: Brandberg Amethyst is mined in the Goboboseb Mountains, in the Brandberg area of western Namibia. The crystals are mined by hand, in small claims near the surface of the earth.
Enhancements: Lab-created Amethyst is widely available in the fine gemstone market and is primarily used for jewelry. However, most other Amethysts, including Brandberg Amethyst, may be considered fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Brandberg Amethyst
Brandberg Amethyst is a new crystal for the metaphysical community and as such was not included in any of the ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It may be included in some of the newest lapidaries. It is a unique gemstone that beautifully combines purple Amethyst, grey Smoky Quartz, and Clear Quartz.
Most sources claim that Brandberg Amethyst is mined on the Brandberg, Namibia’s tallest mountain, whose name in the local languages translates to “Fire Mountain” or “The Mountain of the Gods”. The Brandberg is a holy site for the local San (Bushmen) people and is famous for its ancient rock art. Its distinct dome can be seen for many miles across the desert, and when viewed from space forms a perfect circle. From a metaphysical perspective, an Amethyst from this mountain would be a rare treat indeed! But in fact, the mountain is so well respected in the region, that it is illegal to mine there.
Brandberg Amethysts and other varieties of Quartz are actually mined in the Goboboseb mountains, located approximately 35 km away from the Brandberg. The Gobobseb Mountains and the Brandberg are part of the same mountain range, composed mainly of granite and basalt. They formed approximately 132-135 million years ago, around the same time that the massive super-continent Pangea broke up.
Photos: Goboboseb Mountains
Healing Properties of Brandberg Amethyst
Spiritual: Brandberg Amethyst combines the exceptionally high vibration of Amethyst with the amplifying power of Clear Quartz and the grounding strength of Smoky Quartz. It’s energy invites us to to become our Highest Self and to live with dignity and respect for ourselves and all other beings. Brandberg Amethyst encourages us to act with integrity, courage, discernment and conviction. It also teaches us to be compassionate, yet also just; wise as well as clever. Brandberg Amethyst quiets the mind during meditation and helps us to stay grounded regardless of what is happening around us. It is a wonderful stone for shamanic work, allowing us to better control powerful energies safely and to use them effectively. It enhances our psychic gifts, and help us to tap into both our own powers as well as the infinity of the Divine. Brandberg Amethyst is particularly good for anyone interested in exploring or enhancing energy work such as Reiki. Brandberg Amethyst is attuned to all Chakras and astrological signs. It is connected to the Wind and Earth elements and numbers 2, 3, and 8.
Emotional: Brandberg Amethyst gently breaks up any negative energy which has become caught in our aura or other energy fields. It helps us to stay balanced, steady and serene. Like other Amethysts, Brandberg encourages us to avoid overindulgence in all forms, this includes wallowing in self-pity or a tendency towards martyrdom. Brandberg Amethyst helps us to identify the true root cause behind our emotions, and subsequent thoughts and actions. From there, it gives us the courage to either make necessary changes or to come to peaceful terms with what cannot be changed. It is an excellent stone to work with during times of sorrow or depression, especially if caused by the ending of a relationships, as it helps us to stay focused on solutions and/or moving forward rather than dwelling on problems or the past. Brandberg Amethyst helps us to stay centered and relaxed within our own Personal Power and to cultivate inner peace and true contentment by living in the Now.
Mental: Brandberg Amethyst provides us with an exquisite sense of clarity. It helps us to look at the world realistically and pragmatically, and to focus our attention on solving problems rather than obsessing over their existence. Brandberg Amethyst stimulates both our intuitive gifts as well as our skills for logical and constructive thinking. By activating both our right and left brains, Brandberg Amethyst helps us to utilize our entire mind and use it to make the world a better place. It helps us to accept “good enough” and to not make perfect the energy of the good. It encouraging us to follow the rule of 80/20 and other similar sensible philosophies, which focus on getting things done in an effective manner.
Physical: Brandberg Amethyst is said to reduce pain, tension, bruising and swelling, especially in the head, hands and feet. It is most often used by metaphysical healers to relieve headaches and insomnia, as well as illnesses caused by chronic stress. Due to the presence of the natural Smoky Quartz within it, Brandberg Amethyst is also recommended for cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy and is said to protect us from the ill-effects from radiation. Brandberg Amethyst is believed to clear the aura and transmute any dysfunctional energy located within the physical body, making it a wonderful healing stone for general health maintenance and preventive care.
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Ethically Sourced Brandberg 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.
This Amethyst is from a small mine in the Gosoboseb Mountains, Brandberg, Namibia.
The mine causes only minimal environmental damage and has safe conditions for workers.
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This 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
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The 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 have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. 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 sub-Sahara Africa.
Brandberg Amethyst Tumbled Stone
Color: Purple Amethyst and gray Smoky Quartz. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Brandberg Amethyst
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