February 02 2018
AMETHYST HISTORY & LORE
For centuries, amethyst has been a highly prized gemstone, commonly found in royal crown jewels and religious jewelry. They were considered equal in value to rubies, emeralds and sapphires until the 1800’s, when a large deposit was found in Brazil, making them more readily available and less “precious.”
Its name is from the ancient Greek world “methystos”, meaning “not drunk.” Long story short, a poor girl named Amethyst was said to have been turned into a clear crystal as a result of a temper tantrum by Bacchus, the unruly wine god. Feeling guilty, he poured juice from his grapes over the stone as an offering (just what every girl wants) – giving the stone its purple hue and perpetuating the belief that it could inhibit the intoxication of all who wore it. My question is...wouldn’t preventing hangovers be the more desirable trait?
Birthstone jewelry is a tradition that traces back to the biblical breastplate of Aaron, set with 12 gemstones that represented the 12 tribes of Israel. Amethyst was one of these stones, and has been associated with the month of February since ancient times.
Meditate with amethyst to rid yourself of stress and anxiety.
Moisten an amethyst and rub it over blemishes to help calm irritation.
Keep it on your desk to help with leadership, promote calm and work with your intuition.