This gorgeous purple stone was the first stone that started my passion for gems. As many of you know I love the colour purple and I was very disappointed to find that amethyst is the birthstone for February when my birthday is in March. However I was due to be born in February but I was late so I am claiming it as my birthstone regardless. Plus it is a zodiac stone for Pisces. That makes it a win-win as far as I am concerned.
One of the first things that I found out about amethyst was that if you put it under your pillow after you have been drinking it is supposed to prevent a hangover. In fact it’s name came from the Ancient Greek for “not intoxicated”. I’m not sure whether that is because you are more concerned that you haven’t been able to sleep properly with a stone under your pillow so you don’t notice the hangover! It is said that it will also prevent drunkenness. Drunkenness in this case doesn’t just refer to sobriety however, it can also mean being clear headed and not clouded by any emotion. In fact the reason that Catholic bishops wear an amethyst ring is to protect them from mystical intoxication and by kissing that ring it kept that person same from similar intoxication and grounded in spiritual thought.
The stone is said to have come about when the god of wine, Dionysus (known as Bacchus by the Romans) poured his wine over a clear crystal. The full story is that Dionysus was angry due to an insult and to avenge himself he said that the first person he met would be eaten by his tigers. The mortal he met was a woman named Amethyst on her way to worship Diana. She sought protection from Diana as the tigers approached her. Amethyst was turned into clear crystal. Dionysus regretted what he had done and poured his wine over the crystal and therefore gave it the beautiful purple colour.
· Promotes calm, balance and peace
· February birthstone
· Zodiac stone for Pisces
· Associated with spirituality and wisdom
· Talisman for the creative arts
· Chakra stone for Third Eye, Crown and Etheric chakra
· Stone of spiritual protection and purification
One of the best parts of writing his blog is researching famous jewellery with the stone in and I have found this beautiful bib necklace for this blog. It was created by Cartier in 1947 for Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and is made with amethyst, diamond and turquoise stones set in gold. The Duchess helped to design the piece and she obviously loved the colour combination as she had a bracelet made with the same stones in 1954. Regardless of your opinion of Wallis Simpson, I think you will agree this is a stunning piece of jewellery.
Please note that the stone attribute section is not proven to be a direct outcome of wearing or owning the stone. It is also not a prescription and should not be used alone to treat health problems.