For all of you February babies, I thought you may want a little bit of info on your gorgeous birthstone Amethyst!! Give me a Hi if this is yours or if, like me, you just love purple!!
Amethyst is a lovely coloured stone with several properties that may help on those impromptu nights out....
LESSER KNOWN FACTS
The name is said to derive from the Greek wordamethystos, which loosely translates as 'not drunken', which in turn is believed to originate from the Greek legend of Dionysus, the god of wine and mischief.
It was believed that wearing Amethyst would prevent you from suffering the adverse effects of excessive alcohol consumption - so, in order to prevent intoxication, drinks were often taken from Amethyst-encrusted goblets, I wish this was still happening now!
HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL
In the ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia, amethyst was highly valued and used to create seals. In the early Christian church, amethyst was believed to have sobering properties, and was adopted as a symbol of the high spiritual state its bishops must attain – today the highest grade of amethyst is referred to as 'Bishops Grade'.
The Chaldean Magi believed the purple gemstone protected against evil sorcery and brought success and good luck, believing it granted an understanding of hidden knowledge.
Traditionally associated with purity and piety, amethyst has long been favoured by royalty as purple is considered a regal hue.
LEGEND HAS IT
Amethyst works emotionally and spiritually by providing patience, balance, calmness, and peace.
Considered a protection stone, it is believed to attract strength and offer protection from bad dreams, stress and the draining of energy.
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