Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The gemstone Amethyst is the Birthstone for February and also the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Pisces. Amethyst also means security, sobriety,strength, spirituality, and wisdom.
The gift of Amethyst is symbolic of protection and the power to overcome difficulty. It is said to strengthen the bond in a love relationship, so it is an ideal anniversary or engagement gem
Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems. The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication. While medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle -- the reason for this being that amethysts are believed to heal people and keep them cool-headed.
The Greek word "amethystos" may be translated as "not drunken", from Greek a-, not + methustos, intoxicated. Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it. Greek mythology, Dionysus, the god of intoxication, and of wine, was pursuing a maiden named Amethystos , who refused his affections. Amethystos prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a prayer which the goddess Artemis answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethystos's desire to remain chaste, Dionysus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple.
There are few more variations of the story on wikipedia.
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