If your birthday is in February you’re in luck! Your birthstone is amethyst, one of the most popular gemstones used in fine jewelry. Read on to learn more about the meanings, symbolism, and suggested metaphysical properties of this timeless gemstone.

What is Amethyst

Amethyst is a type of quartz featuring a range of purple hues ranging from light lavender to deep purple. It is found all over the world and has been a popular gemstone in many ancient and modern cultures.

Amethyst measures a 7 on the Mohs scale, making it a great choice for everyday wear pieces in all settings.

Ancient Meanings and Symbolism

The Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst would protect the wearer from drunkenness. In fact, the name amethyst comes from the Ancient Greek word amethystos which meant “not drunk.” They even went so far as to drink wine from carved amethyst goblets.

Leonardo da Vinci believed that amethyst enhances intelligence and protects against evil thoughts.

Purple has long been the color of royalty which made amethyst popular in royal and religious ceremonies. Clergy often favored amethyst as a symbol of the deity of Christ and was often worn in Bishop’s rings. Some followers also felt that the vivid purple hue was an accurate representation of the purity of the holy spirit.

Buddhists believed that amethyst enhances meditation and can be found in Tibetan prayer beads.

Modern Symbolism

If you’re familiar with color psychology you know that every color has unique symbolism. Purple is especially unique as it occurs only rarely in nature. Culturally, purple is associated with authority, sophistication, and power, and is often a symbol of status and wealth. This modern-day symbolism harkens back to the times when purple was the color of royalty. In color energy, purple ignites passion, creativity, imagination, and peace.

The metaphysical properties of amethyst encourage groundedness, tranquility, and calm in the wearer. The stone is thought to absorb the negative energies that surround it and leave the wearer able to connect to their higher power without impediments.

Final Thoughts

Many cultures across the generations have found many uses and meaning surrounding amethyst, all of which are positive. Whether you’re inspired by the dazzling color, or you connect with a spiritual or cultural meaning from ancient or modern times, amethyst is a beautiful gemstone in all settings.

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