The Meaning of Amethyst

Some beautiful amethyst.
By Didier Descouens (Own work)
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As you may have figured out by now, I really enjoy working with semiprecious stones in my projects. A long time favorite is amethyst.

If you’d like to add some extra meaning to your jewelry, why not incorporate some of these meanings into the piece?

Out Drinking?
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that amethyst could combat drunkenness. If one drank from an amethyst goblet, for example, they wouldn’t get drunk. I personally have my doubts, but then again, I’ve never had wine out of an amethyst goblet.

This might just be because when water is in an amethyst cup, it looks just like wine. Unless there’s some sort of clear alcohol mixed with it, you just don’t get drunk from water.

Eventually, this gem was believed to sharpen the intellect, protect warriors from harm, shield people from the ravages of love and banish negative thoughts.

That last bit is interesting, because a lot of citrine on the market, which transmutes negative energy into positive, is formed by super heating the more popular amethyst.

Royalty
Purple has been the color of royalty since ancient times. Since amethyst comes in various shades of lavender to purple, it’s long been a favorite color for royal jewels. English and Egyptian royalty were amongst the regal classes who favored it.

Interestingly, amethyst is also thought to be the symbol of purity and piety, thus very popular in the Catholic Church and Medieval churches. It’s said to be the stone of Bishops because of this belief.

It was also a holy stone in Buddhism, and there have been prayer beads made out of it in the past.

Today, it’s still regarded as a highly spiritual stone in New Age circles. If you happened to have been born in February, you have an extra connection to this lovely gem; it’s your birth stone!

So, next time you want to avoid intoxication of any kind, get in touch with your spirituality or just feel like being royalty for the day, don some amethyst jewelry

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