Quick Facts About February’s Birthstone, The Amethyst!

Amethyst Bishop’s Ring

  1. The name derives from the Greek “amethystos”, which means “not drunken”, as Amethyst in antiquity was thought to ward off drunkenness.
  2. Amethyst is believed to inspire courage, calm, and contemplation. In fact, Egyptian soldiers would wear amethyst in battle in order to retain their courage.
  3. The color purple was traditionally the color of royalty, and amethyst was used to adorn the richest and most powerful monarchs and rulers.  The English revered the stone for its majestic properties — creating emblems and insignia featuring amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.
  4. Leonardo da Vinci believed amethyst had the power to control evil thoughts, to quicken intelligence, and to make men shrewd in business matters.
  5. Roman Amethyst Intaglio of a Nereid Riding A Sea-Bull, 1st Century AD

    Amethyst rings are traditionally worn by Bishops; some believe that amethyst brings good luck to petitioners.

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