Amethyst Symbolism and Legends
The chemical composition of amethyst (“Amethyst” in English) is silicon dioxide (SiO2), which contains trace amounts of iron, which makes the crystal purple. The color is light purple, and dark purple, with varying degrees of brown, red, and blue. The purple square is uniform in color, and the purple in fluorite is often distributed in strips, while the color of amethyst is unevenly distributed, with certain color bands and color blocks. Mohs scale is 7.
The colors of amethyst in Brazil, Africa, and Henan, my country are also different. Under the condition of high-temperature heating, the color of amethyst will fade, thus turning into a yellow crystal. It symbolizes happy and sweet love, can help lovers strengthen their relationship, and is also suitable for friends who are looking for true love. Over time, amethyst jewelry has become a gift between lovers, symbolizing eternal love.
Amethyst means “not drunk” in Greek. Legend has it that the tiger, the guardian of the Roman god of wine Bacchus, encountered a young girl and tried to kill her. To prevent the girl from being eaten by the tiger, Diana, the goddess of the moon, cast magic to turn the girl into a white stone and gave her protection. After awakening, Bacchus, the god of wine, regretted so much that he rushed to the white statue and dyed the stone into beautiful amethyst with a cloth cover. Finally, in memory of the girl, Dionysus named “Amethyst” as the name of Amethyst. This legend about amethyst dates back to the Renaissance, when the famous French poet Remy Belleau composed the poem in 1576. In Western countries, people believe that wearing amethyst “sober up” can keep you sober after drinking.
The Meaning of Amethyst
Amethyst is the crystallization and symbol of love, representing the pure spirit, reminiscent of the purification effect achieved through suffering. Through Greek mythology, the meaning of amethyst is more abundant, such as “not drunk”, “courage not to be afraid of power”, “peace and happiness”, “helping wounds heal” and so on. Nowadays, people increase their charm by wearing amethyst jewelry.
Amethyst has found spiritual overtones in religion. As a symbol of Bacchus’ mystical vitality. Others believe that amethyst has psychic properties and can be preserved with tarot cards or other oracle instruments.
Amethyst and Amulets
Because of Egyptian clothing, the belt also became indispensable clothing for the ancient Egyptians. The ancient Egyptians believed that amethyst had the effect of protecting the wearer. Worn on a woman’s abdomen, it can protect women from being violated.
Ancient Egyptian artisans created exquisite amethyst creations for use as amulets and prayers. It is also believed that priests made these amethyst amulets.
Amethyst Is the Birthstone for February
As the birthstone of February, amethyst is often used as a token of love by lovers. It means long-term love, happiness, loyalty, and bravery. It is believed that wearing amethyst can lead to a happy marriage and is a symbol of a better life. It is endowed by people as a symbol of beautiful love. The hardness of amethyst is perfect for faceting and jewelers can facet them in any suitable design depending on their size and color. Often, jewelers cut ametrine into rectangles and pair it with emeralds to accentuate the two colors, creating a sparkle of color.
Caring of Amethyst
- Insist on using a soft brush, mild detergent, and warm water to clean. Because amethyst has inclusions, avoid using mechanical cleaning systems, especially ultrasonic cleaners.
- Avoid getting close to high temperatures or fires to prevent fading or bursting.
- Amethyst jewelry should be removed when exercising, bathing, or swimming. Use a mechanical cleaning system, but stick to soft brushes, mild detergent, and warm water.
The above are the symbolic meanings and legends about amethyst. I hope you have a better understanding of amethyst. If you are interested in amethyst, please contact Normaltan Jewelry, we are willing to provide you with high-quality gemstone jewelry.