Amethyst Symbolism

Amethyst gemstones

Amethyst is the birthstone of February. The Zodiac sign connected to amethyst is Pisces (19 February – 21 March).

It is also the gemstone for the 6th and 17th anniversary

The gemstone is connected to the weekday of Wednesday.

Amethyst is associated with positive energy. Anyone wanting to get rid of negative thoughts might want to consider this gemstone.

It is kind of a “Don’t worry, stay calm and be happy” gemstone.

Amethyst is widely known as a spiritual stone. It was a still is used by many bishops in the Christian church.

Often bishops took to wearing a ring with this stone.

Not only bishops but also quite ordinary (an extraordinary) people may wear amethyst to strengthen and understand their own spirituality.

These people are in search of inner peace or may already have found their inner peace.

Amethyst is the perfect stone for anyone who wants peace of mind and tranquility. I suppose that basically just about includes the majority of the world’s population.

Amethyst is also considered a protective stone.

Certainly if your intent is to have inner peace you do also need to know you are protected from evil forces.

Amethyst is the state gemstone of South Carolina.

Protection against Drunkenness

Amethyst has a long history as the stone which protects against drunkenness. This is also reflected in its name.

The word “amethyst” actually comes from Greek meaning “non-intoxicating”.

An old superstition states that amethyst protects against drunkenness.

In Ancient Greece and Rome it was not uncommon (among the wealthy) to have goblets made of amethyst.

The participants of parties who did not wish to get drunk would pour water into their goblet instead of wine.

The purple color from the amethyst goblet would make the water look like wine.

The idea was to fool the others to believe they were drinking wine while their main goal was to keep a clear head.

Legend of Amethyst

Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome has thousands of fascinating legends.

In both these cultures the legends and stories are very similar with the exception the gods and goddesses have different names.

The god of wine is called Bacchus in Ancient Rome and Dionysus in Ancient Greece.

The goddess of wildlife and hunting was called Artemis in Ancient Greece and Diana in Ancient Rome.

There are several versions of this legend. Here is one version often told.

Dionysus, the wine god was known to have a fierce temper.

At one time he was extremely upset with the human race. He felt ignored and that made him furious.

He decided to teach the humans a lesson. He would make wild tigers attack and kill the first human to come walking down a certain path.

As it happened the first human to arrive on the pathway was a beautiful young woman named Amethyst. She was on her way to the shrine of Artemis.

As she was walking she suddenly heard strange sounds behind her. As she turned around to look she saw wild tigers headed her way.

Amethyst was in shock. She screamed in terror while calling out to Artemis.

Artemis came at the last moment. It was too late to save the lovely young woman.

Determined to at least save her from a horrific and painful death, Artemis transformed Amethyst into a clear pillar of stone.

Now the tigers could not harm her, but she would have to be a stone for eternity.

In the meantime Dionysus had calmed down. He discovered what had happened to the poor, innocent young maiden.

 amethyst stone

Dionysus was filled with remorse. As an offering to the victim of his tantrum he poured his favorite wine over the rock that once was a gorgeous woman.

That is how Amethyst came purple.

Another ending tells how Dionysus went to the rock and cried regretting what he had done.

Dionysus being the god of wine had tears made from wine.

His tears landed on the rock and it turned purple.

Saint Valentine and the Amethyst Stone

Some claim that Valentine wore a ring with an amethyst stone.

A symbol of cupid was engraved in the stone. Valentine was a priest in Rome who executed on February 14th 269 A.D.

It is told that Emperor Claudius II frowned on weddings. He did not want his soldiers to get distracted.

 amethyst love

Roman soldiers who were eager to tie the knot would recognize the “Love ring” and ask Valentine to perform a wedding in secret.

As Saint Valentine is associated with this gemstone it has become a symbol of love.

Some claim that amethyst has helped them attract true love.

opal gemstone symbolism

Opal Gemstone

Discover the meaning of the Opal Gemstone. Myth and symbolism of the Opal stone, the birthstone of October. Why do ...
Aquamarine gemstone

Aquamarine gemstone

Aquamarine The aquamarine gemstone is the birthstone of March. It is also the gemstone connected to the astrological sign of ...
ruby gem meaning


Ruby is the birthstone for July and the anniversary stone of the 15th and 40th anniversary. Discover the symbolism and ...


Amethyst is the birthstone of February and the zodiac sign of Pisces. The legend of Amethyst. The gemstone meaning in ...
citrine stone meaning

Citrine Gemstone

The Citrine gemstone is widely known as «the money gemstone». Many also call it “the merchant’s gemstone”. Wear this gemstone ...
sapphire symbolism


The sapphire gemstone is the birthstone of September. It is also the anniversary stone of the 5th, 45th and 70th ...
coral meaning


Coral Symbolism and superstitions. Legend of how coral was created ...
Pearls June birthstone


The pearl is the birthstone of June, also the gem of the 3rd and 30th anniversary. Discover the meaning and ...
diamond meaning


Birthstone of April Diamond is the birthstone of April. It is also the gemstone for the 60th anniversary, known as ...
wedding anniversary gemstones

Anniversary Gemstones

List of anniversary gemstones. Anniversary gemstones are the perfect gifts for any wedding anniversary. Also included are the alternative gemstone ...
Turquoise stone symbolism

Turquoise Stone

Turquoise stone is the birthstone of December. It is also a lucky amulet for flying on planes. It is known ...
garnet stone symbolsism

Garnet Stone

The garnet stone is the birthstone of January. It is also the 2nd and 6th anniversary gemstone. The gemstone is ...
agate luck


The agate stone is powerful talisman. Explore the symbolism, meaning and superstitions. Agate is great for gardens, farmers, horseback riders ...
tigers eye stone meaning

Tigers Eye

Tiger's Eye gemstone meaning and benefits. This powerful stone is a wonderful stone to help you reach your goals and ...


The beautiful green Peridot is the birthstone of August and 16th anniversary gemstone. Discover the symbolism and meaning of the ...
Topaz birthstone of November

Topaz Stone

The topaz stone is the November birthstone. Discover the meaning, symbolism and superstions of the topaz gemstone. The topaz color ...
Emerald crystals meaning


Emerald is the birthstone of May. Emerald is also the zodiac stone of Cancer. Discover the meaning and symbolism of ...

2 thoughts on “Amethyst”

  1. Amethyst is a beautiful and powerful gemstone that has many benefits for your mind, body, and spirit. It can help you overcome addiction, enhance your intuition, protect you from negative energy, and stimulate your creativity. Amethyst is also a symbol of faithful love and dignity. If you are looking for a gemstone that can bring you more luck, healing, and spirituality, you should consider getting an amethyst.

  2. Hello,

    Amethyst gemstone has this beautiful color which makes it flavourful and allows the wearer to fall in love with it. Nirwaana has created a collection on amethyst organic jewelry rings and pendants


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.