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Birthstone of February: the amethyst

February 17, 2017/ BY Frank van Poorten

The amethyst is a very special stone for many people. This stone is often called royal, because of the beautiful violet hues in the stone. Because of the color and rarity, an amethyst is also famous in a spiritual way. According to the lore, it was the favorite stone of St. Valentine and therefore a beautiful stone as a gift for Valentine’s Day, the day of St. Valentine. The stone is also associated with the Greek god of wine Dionysus: amethyst would protect you against drunkenness. This would be in line with carnival, which happens to be in February as well.

Why an amethyst?

The amethyst are several positive features written to, a few of them; its beauty, purity and respect, it protects you against the effects of drunkenness, against addiction, it is a blessing for your skin, it promotes positive thoughts and protects you from malicious interference. Also, the stone is good against some physical symptoms such as abdominal pain, headache and insomnia.

The amethyst is in Western astrology associated with the Aquarius in astrology and in Chinese astrology she is associated with the dragon. Finally, an amethyst is the symbolic gift for six-year marriage anniversary.

Large piece of amethyst

 The amethyst stands for

  • Warding off drunkenness and addiction
  • Protect from poison
  • Bringing pleasant dreams and helping against insomnia
  • Sincerity
  • Spiritual wisdom
  • Overcoming fears and cravings
  • Cure abdominal pains and headaches

The meaning of the name amethyst

The name amethyst is a combination of some Greek words. ‘A’ translates as ‘none’ and ‘methystos’ translated as ‘drunk’. For the Greeks, this was the literal translation. They drank expensive wine from jugs and goblets from amethyst which would ensure them that they would not become drunk. Later, a stone was done in your glass and if you are a frequent drinker, simply an amulet in a necklace to ward off drunkenness.

Amethyst necklace

The myth of the amethyst

One of the most beautiful myths about the amethyst is the one of the Greek god of wine, Bacchus (also called Dionysus). He tried to seduce the beautiful girl Amethyste. However Ametis would not give in to him, because she wanted to stay pure. Bacchus begged Diana, goddess of hunting and chastity, for help. Diana turned Amethyste in a beautiful white stone. Dionysus, stunned by this determination, threw red wine over the stone as a sacrifice, and by the color changed, which brought the first amethyst stone.

Royal and spiritual stone

The amethyst was for centuries the main stone for royals and senior clergy. The intense purple or violet color was scarce and therefore very popular and expensive, which suited the state of course. Especially in the British Crown Jewels, this purple stone is represented a lot. Catharina the Great was known for her love for special jewels and gems and especially the amethyst. She even sent a large group of soldiers to Siberia on a difficult journey to find this special mineral. The Catholic Church used the stone often in ornaments and rings because of the symbolization of spiritual wisdom.

Royal box of amethysts

Magical and therapeutic stone

The amethyst is known to enhance the flexibility of the skin, which can be very welcome in old age. The amethyst has a calming effect: it helps relieve anxiety, depression and stress. Also, the stone prevents memory loss, headaches, juvenile arthritis and should cure insomnia. The therapeutic effects are also emphasized by Leonardo Da Vinci. He believed the amethyst blocks evil and negative thoughts and would fill the heart with goodness and love. This lines up again with this stone being the favorite one of St. Valentine as mentioned before.

 Finding places of the amethyst

In the late Middle Ages, amethysts were found mainly in Brazil and Uruguay. Later they were also found in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia.

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