Amethyst gemstones have been prized by ancient cultures and are believed to have mystical powers, even to this day. The amethyst was used by royalty in crown jewels, members of the ruling class and even the clergy, in the rings of bishops. This popular gemstone is February’s birthstone and is a customary gift for the seventeenth wedding anniversary.
Amethyst bracelets, necklaces and rings have been worn since biblical times. The stone was used In fact, in some cultures the amethyst was prized above the diamond, due to its rarity. The gemstone was believed to offer protection in battle, increase intelligence, protect from disease and dispel evil thoughts. In earlier stages of history, only the wealthy could afford to wear amethysts. Later, new mines were discovered and the gemstone became popular more people were able to afford it.
People have attributed mystical and healing powers to the amethyst since ancient times and this belief continues today. In New Age philosophies, the amethyst is believed to heal ailments of the 6th and 7th chakra. These are the chakras involved with intuition and focus. In Feng Shui, the amethyst is used to enhance the wealth corner. The medicinal properties of wearing amethyst include indigestion, heart disorders, hearing disorders and alcohol addiction.
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Amethyst is one such gemstone which is cherished by the jewelry lovers since centuries. Birthstone of February born people who are blessed with the zodiac sign of Pisces, Amethyst is also the wedding stone for lucky people who are celebrating their 6th year of marriage. Amethyst is one of the prized gemstone that is included in royal collections across the globe, from ancient Egypt to the British crown jewels. History is evident that ancient civilizations prized the value of Amethyst and till date it is considered as one of the most elegant gemstones. Since prehistoric times, people who crave for stylish yet royal jewelry fall for Amethyst.
During old times, Amethyst used to be embedded on Bishops’ ring and this is the reason it has a respectable place in Christianity. The majestically royal hue of Amethyst symbolizes Christ and this is one of the reasons that, Saint Valentine used to adorn it in his antique ring with an image of Cupid. Amethyst is also considered as the symbol of Saint Matthias. There are folklores related to the Biblical references to the pretty gemstone Amethyst. Gemstone jewelry lovers will be glad to know that Amethyst is one of the twelve precious stones in the high priest Aaron’s breastplate. In fact you will feel amazing after knowing that your favorite gemstone, Amethyst, was used to build the twelfth foundation of the Holy City. Ancient jewelry lovers used to value Amethyst equally as Diamond. The rarity and gorgeousness makes Amethyst a royal gemstone.
According to stories of Greek mythology, it is believed that Amethyst was a young virgin who became the object of rage of the Greek God Dionysus after he was under the influence with red wine. Amethyst cried out for help and Goddess Diana came up and she immediately turned Amethyst into a white, sparkling stone (quartz). Dionysus realized his mistake and was remorseful for what he had done. For this shameful act tears rolled down from his eyes to the goblet of red wine. The goblet upturned, and his wine spilled over the white rock. This saturated the rock till it turned to purple quartz. This is how Amethyst came up.
Some stories also tell that Amethyst derives its name from the ancient Greek word amethustos, which means sober. It was believed that amethyst jewelry can help the wearer from becoming excessively intoxicated plus Amethyst helps in infusing sobriety and seriousness to their mind. It was supposed that if the wearer drinks from a cup or goblet made up of amethyst, he or she will never get drunk. Greek mythology also suggests that amethyst was rock crystal colored purple by the tears of Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry. Religious association of Amethyst makes it a pious and elegant gemstone plus it stands for modesty and humility since the renaissance. All throughout the Middle Ages, Amethyst represented faithfulness and celibacy plus it used to embellish the panache of members of the Catholic Church clergy as they used to adorn Amethyst embedded crosses.