Amethyst's name is derived from the Greek word “amethustos,” which means “not drunken.” The Ancient Greeks believed amethyst to be a cure for intoxication. This belief was so strong that many wine goblets were carved from amethyst. Although no official myth existed connecting Bacchus, the Greek god of wine with amethyst, a poem would be created thousands of years later, during the renewed interest of Ancient Greek culture during the Renaissance.
In this poem, Amethyste, a mortal woman who wants to remain chaste, is fending off the advances of Bacchus. Diana, the goddess hunter and chaste herself, helps Amethyset by transforming her into a white stone. Realized he has been defeated, Bacchus pours wine on the stone, thereby creating amethyst's rich purple color.
Medieval royalty proudly wore amethyst necklaces and amethyst rings because the stone's unique mix of rich red and purple hues were considered royal colors. Soldiers took amethysts into battle because the gem was believed to help with healing as well as help the soldier keep a level head.
As February's birthstone, amethyst jewelry is the perfect gift for anyone with a February birthday or any mothers expecting in February. Whether you wish to buy amethyst jewelry as a gift for someone else, or as a gift for the goddess in you, peruse our store's collection of this gorgeous gem. We are sure we can help you find the amethyst jewelry that will fit you or your loved one perfectly.