Myths and Legends Behind Amethyst Birthstone Jewelry
Amethyst is an instantly recognizable purple quartz stone that is used for jewelry and healing purposes throughout the world. Ranging in shade from pale lavender to the deepest purple, the gem is prized for its beauty and properties and is the birthstone for the month of February. With these amazing properties, amethyst birthstone jewelry is an ideal gift for a beloved friend or family member -- or even for yourself.
One of the earliest legends surrounding the amethyst comes to us from Ancient Greece and explains the origins of this highly regarded purple stone. In the story, Dionysius, the Greek god of wine and revelry was angered at a mortal woman, who failed to pay him the proper respect. The young maiden mortal Amethyst was on her way to the temple of Artemis to worship, and the angry wine god sent two tigers to devour her. Amethyst cried out to Artemis for protection and the goddess turned her into a sparkling white crystal to protect her. Dionysus, seeing the error of his ways, and feeling remorse, wept and spilled his wine onto the crystal, turning it purple for all eternity and creating the stone we still know as amethyst today.
True to the original legends, amethyst is seen as a protective and healing stone – one that is particularly effective at combating the effects of wine and alcohol. It is seen as a symbol of purity and one that would bring out the best intentions and abilities in the wearer. A gift of amethyst is a gift of protection, familial love and respect.
Legends and Lore
Many famous individuals throughout history have favored amythyst, including Catherine the Great of Russia. Amethysts adorn the Crown Jewels of England and play an important role in the Chinese art of Feng Shui. Practitioners believe that amethyst enhances both wealth and understanding and feature it prominently in the home.
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