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

What is Amethyst

Amethyst is a type of quartz featuring purple hues ranging from light lavender to deep purple. For many years, amethyst was considered one of the most precious gemstones, even held in the same regard as diamonds. In fact, amethyst is found in many royal collections throughout the world. It wasn't until large deposits of amethyst were found in Brazil that amethyst became more accessible.

Amethyst can be found in huge geodes large enough to stand in! If you've visited the store you've seen some of our huge amethyst cathedral geodes that are over 9 feet tall!

Amethyst is very durable and 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 and Metaphysical Properties

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. Whether you’re inspired by the dazzling color or connect with a spiritual or cultural meaning from ancient or modern times, amethyst is a beautiful gemstone in all settings.

Shop Our Collection of amethyst jewelry in-store or on our website, or you can learn more about our amethyst geodes, slices, and butterflies that make stunning home décor pieces here.