February Birthstone: Amethyst Meaning & History

February 02 2018

amethyst february birthstone meaning history

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.

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AMETHYST PROPERTIES

PURIFYING
Promotes contentment and clears the mind of negativity.

HEALING
Believed to relieve headaches, eye strain and skin irritations. It is thought to be particularly useful in regards to work-related stress and times of grief.

INTUITION
It’s association with the crown chakra is known to connect one with spiritual energy and freedom.

amethyst birthstone history meaning


AMETHYST USES

MEDITATION
Meditate with amethyst to rid yourself of stress and anxiety.

SKIN RELIEF
Moisten an amethyst and rub it over blemishes to help calm irritation.

OFFICE
Keep it on your desk to help with leadership, promote calm and work with your intuition.

Many cultures have their own list of birthstones and legends associated with each. My fascination with historical traditions like these inspired me to make a birthstone collection of my own – available in both yellow bronze and white bronze with a choice of chain lengths. Customizable hand-engraving is also available to make these pieces extra personal. 

You can shop my birthstone collection here.

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