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February 2, 2010

Amethyst gemstone lore

Author: Cathy Lynn
amethyst necklace design by Julie Shaw

amethyst necklace by Julie Shaw

amethyst neckpiece by Marty Schaerer

amethyst by Marty Schaerer

February’s traditional birthstone and the suggested stone for the 6th anniversary. Amethyst is the most valued member of the quartz family and can be found in numerous shades of purple, lilac and mauve.

A beautiful quartz, usually purple, or violet in color, Amethyst is a stone of pure love, it is beautiful as well as spiritual and it has no negative side effects. It is therefore a must for anyone’s crystal and jewelry collection!

When held in your receptive hand (left hand if you are right handed and right if you are left handed) an Amethyst’s peaceful vibrations aid in soothing, de-stressing and calming – especially helpful after a stress-filled day.

Or wear Amethyst next to your skin to keep you calm in stressful situations.

When placed beneath the pillow Amethyst is said to be able to ward off nightmares and insomnia.

It aids peaceful sleep and pleasant dreams – which can sometimes be prophetic.

Healing Properties

Amethyst inspires the healing of all organs and brings about mental peace and a state of relaxation.

The gift of Amethyst is symbolic of protection and the power to overcome difficulty.  It is said to strengthen the bond in a love relationship, so it is an ideal anniversary or engagement gem.  Whether or not Amethyst holds such power, its stunning beauty will certainly make anyone who wears it feel like royalty!

According to Legend

Amethyst originated when Bacchus, the God of Wine, grew angry at mortals. He vowed the next mortal that crossed his path would be eaten by tigers. At that time, a beautiful young maiden named Amethyst was on her way to worship the Goddess Diana. Diana, knowing of Bacchus vow, turned Amethyst into a pillar of colorless quartz to protect her from the tigers. Bacchus, witnessing the miracle, repented and poured wine over Amethyst, staining her purple.

If gazing into the sparkling purple depths of an Amethyst suffuses you with a sense of powerful well being, this is only to be expected.  The ancient Greeks believed that this gemstone held many powers, among them protection against intoxication.  In fact, the word Amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning sober.   In ancient Greece, the gemstone was associated with the god of wine, and it was common practice to serve this beverage from Amethyst goblets in the belief that this would prevent overindulgence.  Even today, Amethyst is considered a stabilizing force for those struggling to overcome addictive behaviors.


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