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Amethyst History

Amethyst History

The beauty of Amethyst has been recognized throughout history, but the first civilization that is really credited for finding the gemstone is Greece. In fact, the name of Amethyst is noted for its Greek origins. It stems from the word “Amethystus,” which means not drunken, or in other words, sober. In the ancient Greek civilization, Amethyst was thought to provide the human body with protection against drunkenness. For this reason, it was very common for Greeks to drink from cups that had been designed with Amethysts. Wearing the gemstone was also believed to be a way to provide the body with protection against getting drunk.

Amethyst is also known to play a big role in early Egyptian civilization. For starters, it was very common for pharaohs to have their tomb adorned by the gemstone. Amethyst also tells historians a little bit about the wealth that was experienced by Egypt at one point. When the country became very wealthy at one point, the royalty of the country gave gifts of both Amethyst and gold to many of the families from the middle and working classes. The proof that historians have found of this are the gifts that can be found in the tombs of people who lived during this particular time period.

Since Amethyst is purple, which is a color that is often associated with royalty, it’s not surprising that many honorable people throughout history have been known to own the gemstone. In fact, many royal people often wore the color purple, so one of the reasons that they may have enjoyed this gemstone could be because of how well it matched their attire. The British Crown Jewels consist of Amethyst. It is also said to have been the favorite gemstone of Russian empress, Catherine the Great. Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra had an Amethyst ring which was believed to capture the hearts Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony, who were both Romans. After this happened, many Roman women began wearing rings, necklaces, and other forms of jewelry that contained Amethyst because they thought that it would help keep their husbands faithful towards them.

Although Greece is known to be the first civilization to have recognized Amethyst, the gemstone actually does date back to biblical times. For this reason, it has a very interesting religious history as well. According to the Bible, there were twelve gemstones that on the breastplate that was worn by High Priest Aaron. Amethyst was one of them. The gemstone also is supposed to be associated with both the Apostle Matthias and the Adnachiel, a Guardian Angel. In the Catholic religion, Amethyst was worn by clergy members. The gemstone was also used for the adornment of the crosses. Amethyst also is important in the Buddhist religion. It is one of the gemstones which was believed to have been of significant meaning to Buddha. This is why malas, which are Buddhist prayer beads, often contain Amethyst. In both the Buddhist and Catholic religions, the gemstone was believed to be representative of celibacy.

There is no doubt that Amethyst has a very interesting history. Since it is such a beautiful gemstone, it’s not surprising at all that so many different cultures and religions have embraced it over the years. In modern times, Amethyst is still often worn by clergy members of the Catholic church for religious practices. In addition, it is the birth stone for the month of February. See more information regarding the February Birthstone.