All about Amethyst, the Birthstone for February
If you were born in February then Amethyst is your birthstone, how lucky are you? Whether you are or not, the likelihood of you having a piece of amethyst in your jewellery box is very high.
Amethyst is one of our favourite stones here at Silver Scene and we always stock a wide range of jewellery in this stone. It is one of the most well-known semi-precious stones due to its gorgeous and vibrant purple colour, and most people will recognise the name along with others like Amber or Onyx. Even though common, it is still a timeless and very well loved stone and has always been popular in our shops.
Want to know a bit more about this gorgeous stone? Then read on...
History and Legends
Amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos” translated as “not drunken” as it was believed to be a strong antidote for drunkenness. Wine goblets were often carved from the stone.
In Ancient Greece there tells the legend of how Dionysus, the god of wine, created amethyst. A mortal insulted Dionysus, and as a result Dionysus became furious and vowed that he would kill the next mortal to cross his path. In his anger he unleashed his tigers on a young maiden who was on her way to pay homage to Artemis, goddess of virginity and childbirth. Artemis tried to protect the young maiden by turning her into a statue of clear quartz. When Dionysus had seen what he'd done he was overcome by remorse and started crying tears of wine. As he cried and sobbed, his tears created a stream that surrounded the statue. The clear quartz then sucked the wine from the earth and became a beautiful purple colour thus creating amethyst as well as bestowing it with its powers to prevent drunkenness.
Amethyst has been treasured across history and was probably one of the first precious gems. It has been found in Egyptian tombs, mentioned in the bible, revered by the Hebrews and used in Ancient China as a tool for Feng Shui.
In the English Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia. Until the 18th century it was one of the most valuable stones along with diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald.
Amethyst is mostly mined in Brazil but is found all over the world.
Amethyst is the purple variation of Quartz and a sister stone to Citrine and Clear Quartz. Amethyst rates 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it a very suitable stone for everyday jewellery as it will withstand light knocks and bumps.
A giant Amethyst geode we came across on one of our stone buying trips at the Tucson Gem Show in Arizona, USA.
Amethyst is known as one of the master healers of the gemstones. It is associated with the crown and root chakras but can be used on any of the chakras.
Amethyst is thought of as a protective stone and helps purify the mind. It enhances feelings of confidence and well being, and can help overcome grief by decreasing negative thoughts. It also is thought to help with stress and anxiety and is a very calming stone. Through meditative practices, Amethyst can fine-tune your intuition and clear the mind, allowing you to take the steps to follow your dreams and goals.
It is believed that amethyst can help alleviate pain within the digestive tract and reduce dizziness and nausea and vomiting. Worn regularly, it can also help with water retention.
So there you go, a beautiful and vibrant stone with a rich history and many uses, if you don't already own a little amethyst now you know why you really should.