The Complete Guide To Wearing Amethyst

Just bought some amethyst jewelry, but not quite sure how to wear it effectively? You’ll find all the information here! In short, this is how it is recommended to wear amethyst:

Wearing amethyst is beneficial for the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Pisces, as well as Virgo and Capricorn. Wear amethyst daily on your giving hand and try to keep it out of the sun and water.

Continue reading if you want to learn more about how to wear amethyst. At the bottom of this page, you’ll also find a quick overview of its associated elements, zodiac signs, benefits and chakra.

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Why Wear Amethyst?

Crystals work together with your energy field to help with healing. This can be emotional, physical or spiritual.  

There are different ways in which we can interact with these stones. Some like to make elixirs to consume throughout the day, whereas others like to mediate to really hone into the energy. Wearing your crystal is just another way of working with the stone’s energy – quite a popular one as well! Not only because it allows you to work with its energy all day, but also because they simply look very pretty.

Amethyst specifically is worn for many different reasons. Most importantly, amethyst works great for those in high-stress jobs or for those who are prone to experiencing anxiety. This stone is calming, to the point where it is also known as a “natural tranquilizer”.  This is also the reason many like to sleep with amethyst under their pillow or their jewelry on. It stops you from overthinking so you can fall asleep peacefully. Additionally, amethyst is associated with the crown chakra, which makes it a great stone to use while meditating; it helps you connect with your spirituality.

Who Should Wear Amethyst?

Amethyst can be worn by anyone and won’t have any negative effects. However, your sun sign, birth month, profession, and mental and physical health may affect whether you want to wear amethyst or if another crystal might be more beneficial for you.

Generally, amethyst is great for when you need some more peaceful energy in your life. It helps you find more balance and stops extreme mood swings.  Its connection to the sacred chakra, the crown, also makes this stone perfect for when you’re looking for clarity and contemplation. This is also why it is so great for when you need a little help with not getting distracted during meditation. Lastly, amethyst is a great protector and will stop your energy being drained by other people.

If we look at birthstone, amethyst is the crystals for those who were born in February. As wearing your birthstone is said to be good luck, this stone will provided this for Aquarius’ and Pisces’ born in that month. However, amethyst is also considered beneficial for those with the sun sign of Capricorn or Virgo.

Virgo’s tend to be overthinkers, so a stone that helps with deep contemplation might not be the obvious choice. However, amethyst also helps to clear your mind, readying you to make a decision. Moreover, it helps calm the Virgo’s anxious mind and helps this critical sign to be a little more accepting of themselves.

Generally, a Capricorn’s strongest chakra is the root, meaning this sign is grounded and task-oriented. Amethyst can help a Capricorn to connect to their spirituality and bring out their softer side. In doing this, this sign will feel soothed, calm and relaxed enough to get started on that next task.

In terms of physical health, amethyst is a stone related to the crown chakra which is located right at the top of the head. As a result you are likely to experience headaches and exhaustion if this chakra is blocked. Of course, crystals are never a replacement for professional medical help. If you are experiencing serious issues, always go to a doctor. You can then use your amethyst to support you.

In terms of profession, any person working in a stressful environment would benefit from keeping amethyst close. Examples are the medical field, IT, education or business. It is also a great stone for performers, especially if you get stage fright. Combine it with citrine and you’ll feel relaxed and confident, ready to go on stage.

Curious to know more about wearing citrine? Read this post: “The Complete Guide To Wearing Citrine

Who Should Not Wear Amethyst?

Most people will benefit from wearing amethyst.
One of the main reasons you shouldn’t is because you are not currently trying to work with its energy that is geared towards the crown chakra. For example, if you are looking for a stone that is more grounding, you’d be better off wearing tiger’s eye or another stone associated with the root chakra.

Besides, I wouldn’t recommend wearing amethyst with carnelian. Whereas amethyst calms your energy, carnelian boosts it. As a result, you are left with two conflicting energies that cancel each other out.
It is also not recommended to wear any type of quartz (like amethyst) with opal, moonstone or pearls.

However, I always recommend trying amethyst out: if you are drawn to this stone it is probably for a reason. Wear it for a week or 2 and see how your feel. Again, crystals are meant to be used intuitively so you are the best person to decide if it works for you.

When Should You Wear Amethyst?

Amethyst, just like any other crystal, works best if it gets to work with your energy as much as possible. Therefore, it is recommended to wear it daily. This stone is also particularly useful to wear when you are meditating, specifically with the intention of gaining clarity and relieving stress. If this is your goal, I’ll leave a 1 minute guided meditation video for you to use below.

There are some times when you should take your amethyst jewelry off however, which you’ll find below.

Firstly, I recommend taking your amethyst off when you’re coming into contact with water; showering, swimming or cleaning. Though amethyst is strong enough to not immediately be damaged by water (7 on the Mohs scale), it will turn dull after being exposed to it regularly. When you’re swimming in the ocean it is even more important that you take it off, as salt is naturally abrasive and will cause your stone to be damaged even quicker.
If you’re wanting to know more about amethyst and water, you’ll find more information in this post: “Can Amethyst Go In Water?

Additionally, sunbathing with your amethyst on is also not ideal. Not only will you be sure to get strange tan lines, but you might end up with a transparent stone. This is because although amethyst harbors the power of the sun, it is also prone to fading.

This is caused by the fact that amethyst is a type of quartz, and all quartz is sensitive to the UV light from the sun. How quickly your amethyst fades, differs per crystal. Some will be fine when left in the sun for a little bit, whereas others can start changing color after a significantly longer time.  Unfortunately, you will only know when it is already too late. Therefore, I personally keep my stone out of the sun altogether.
Luckily, the fading of the stone will not change the vibrations. If you (accidentally) leave your stone in the sun and the color changes it will still be just as useful as it was before.

On Which Hand Should I Wear A Amethyst Bracelet Or Ring?

There are generally two opinions on this topic.

Firstly, some say the left hand is your receiving hand, whereas your right is your giving hand. Depending on what you are looking for from your crystal, you can place it on either of those sides. In this case, this left-in and right-out is said to just be the flow of energy through the body and which never changes.

Others however, believe that this flow of energy changes depending on if you’re left or right-handed. Your dominant hand (the hand that you write with) is your giving hand and releases energy. Your non-dominant hand is the receiving hand.

Amethyst is generally placed in the giving hand, as to help you release negative energy such as frustration or anger.

As you can see, there are some different views. Personally, I would recommend trying out both sides and see how you feel. Crystals are meant to be used intuitively, so use this to determine which side works for you.

Can You Wear Amethyst Every Day?

When it comes to amethyst’s energy, you can absolutely wear it every day. In fact, it is recommended to so as it allows the stones energy to be fully incorporated into your life.

However, if you have a piece jewelry that you are particularly fond of you might not want to wear it every day. As amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness it is durable enough for regular use and isn’t likely to be damaged. But, just like anything when you use it regularly, it most likely won’t look as pretty after a while. Heat, water and just general wear will cause your stone to become less shiny or potentially even chip off. If you shower or clean with amethyst jewelry on the damage will occur much quicker.

If you do choose to wear amethyst every day and you want to splurge a little, it is best to buy a ring in a more protective setting such as a bezel or halo.

Can You Sleep With Amethyst On?

You can sleep with amethyst under your pillow or on your body. In fact, many swear by it. Sleeping with your amethyst jewelry on helps you to fall asleep quicker and helps you to connect to your spirituality whilst dreaming. Additionally, if you experience nightmares, sleeping with your amethyst close to you can help fend them off.

Can You Shower With Amethyst On?

The fact that amethyst scores a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness means it has a high enough score to prevent surface damage. For those unfamiliar, the Mohs scale provides every mineral with a number from 1-10. The higher the number, the more it can handle. For reference, talc is a 1, whereas diamonds are a 10.
As a general rule, a mineral needs to be at the very least a 5, preferably 6, to be able to withstand water. With amethysts being a 7, it is unlikely that contact with water will immediately cause damage.

Do keep in mind is that any stone that comes into contact regularly or for extended periods of time will eventually turn dull. This is especially true for polished stones, as they often have a finish over them to make them more shiny. When you expose your stone to water it eats away at this layer first. This is a good thing, as it protects your stone for a little while longer. The bad news however, is that it will also remove the shine. Luckily, it won’t affect its vibrations and you’ll be able to use it just the same. It just won’t be as pretty.

So if you care about the looks of your crystal it might be better to avoid water altogether.

Can You Swim With Amethyst?

As written above, amethyst is hard enough to withstand water. However beware that submerging your stone for longer periods of time is often a different story.

This is because every stone has miniscule cracks on its surface. Don’t be deceived by your polished jewelry, even the most polished stones have them. Water will go into these cracks and cause them to expand. The larger these cracks, the more likely your amethyst is to break. Raw amethyst and geodes are even more likely to split, simply because they have more cracks. As a result, I would not recommend swimming with your amethyst.

It is even worse if you choose to swim in the ocean or sea with your amethyst, as the salt in it is detrimental to most crystals. Salt will also cause silver to tarnish so if your amethyst is in a piece of silver jewelry this would be even worse.

Lastly, as stated above, every stone that comes into contact with water regularly will eventually turn dull. So, if you are trying to keep your amethyst beautiful, it might be better to avoid water.

Amethyst Overview

Chakra: Crown
Element: Air
Zodiac: Aquarius | Pisces | Capricorn | Virgo
Benefits: Anxiety | Protection | Spirituality | Cleansing

Amethyst is beneficial to everyone, but particularly those who are prone to experiencing anxiety or find themselves in stressful situations. It is also a great crystal for when you are mediating, as it helps to open up the crown chakra. Lastly, amethyst helps to great a sense of peace and harmony, which is why many choose to keep it in their living room at all times.

Amethyst makes up 1/3 of the “Golden Triangle” and combined with rose quartz and clear quartz will make you feel relaxed and free of tension.

Neat Crystal

I am a Crystal & Gem Specialist with 20 years experience collecting and analyzing crystals and gems. My main focus is on crystal and gem abilities to influence our human experience through energy caused by visual and physical properties of each. I also love to dive into the formation, chemical makeup, and rare impurities found within crystals - a Geologist in training. I started Neat Crystal as a place to jot down my thoughts, notes, and share my knowledge to help others.

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