With hues that vary from translucent lilac to deep, rich purple, amethyst holds a certain allure that has sparked the imagination of people for centuries. If your birthday falls in February, amethyst is your birthstone, but that’s not the only reason that it’s so special. Scroll down to learn some interesting lore about this mysterious gemstone:
Amethyst in Ancient Greece
Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst could prevent inebriation, so it often decorated wine goblets. It was also believed that it had a sobering effect if worn on the body near the navel, to dull feelings of intoxication from wine as well as passion.
Amethyst in Ancient Egypt
Wearing an amulet of amethyst was thought to protect against harm while traveling, and it was also used as a healing stone.
Amethyst in Christianity
Amethyst has long been associated with St. Valentine, who was believed to have worn an amethyst ring that was carved with cupid’s likeness. He is commemorated on February 14, what we now regard as Valentine’s Day.
Amethyst in Royalty
The color purple has long been associated with royalty, so naturally amethyst appealed to those of noble blood. It is believed that it was a favorite of the Russian empress, Catherine the Great, and that Cleopatra’s amethyst ring helped seduce Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. It can even be found in the British Crown Jewels!
Amethyst’s Metaphysical Powers
For those that believe in the powers of natural gemstones, amethyst is associated with the crown chakra. It is thought to provide mental clarity to aid in making difficult decisions, enhances wisdom, reduces anxiety and helps clear negative thoughts.
If you’re looking to bring the beauty of amethyst into your life, make sure to visit The Bradford Exchange to discover our selection of amethyst treasures. Here are three of my favorites that perfectly capture the enchanting color of this breathtaking gemstone:
They are perfect for yourself or for someone who has a February birthday! Do you believe in the powers of amethyst? What was your favorite amethyst legend from my list? What is your favorite gemstone? I’d love to connect with you in the comments!
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