February’s birthstone: The Amethyst is one of the most famous and eye-catching crystals because of its beautiful coloration and spiritual significance.

What are the meanings behind the Amethyst stone?

The spiritual meaning of Amethyst is tranquillity, balance and calm. The most popular of all the quartz crystals, Amethyst is considered the most protective and powerful.

In today’s world, Amethyst is thought to provide the wearer with the qualities of peace, courage, stability, focus, royalty, romance, and affection.  This makes amethyst the perfect gift to express love or to protect yourself and others from negative thoughts.

The literal meaning of Amethyst is “not intoxicated” translated from the Greek word Améthystos.  It was believed that Ancient Greek Gods drank from goblets studded with amethyst gems to prevent drunkenness and excess.

Colours of Amethyst

Amethyst is well known for its beautiful purple tones, ranging from lighter, almost translucent lilac shades to extremely deep violets.

How rare is Amethyst?

When it comes to rarity, most amethysts are easily sourced, the highest-grade amethyst (named “Deep Russian”) is extremely rare.  However, they are still an affordable alternative to Sapphires and Rubies.

However, they are still an affordable alternative to Sapphires and Rubies.

Fun facts about Amethyst

  • Soldiers in Medieval times wore the gemstone into battle to protect them and help them stay focused.
  • Amethyst was as expensive as Ruby and Emerald until the 19th Century.
  • As well as this, in 1993, a 9ft cavern in Maine was discovered, where more than one tonne of amethyst crystal was found.