If you're anything like me, amethyst has always stood out to you as one of the most beautiful and intriguing crystals in the world. I imagine that ever since you were a child, this particular crystal has made a lasting impression on you because of its intense purple colors and mysterious energy! Am I right?
But have you ever stopped for a moment to consider the history of this unique crystal? That is exactly what we are going to do today! By delving into the many uses and roles that amethyst has played in the spiritual realm over the centuries, I am confident that you will leave this article with a new and deeper appreciation for this mysterious purple rock!
Origins Of Use
Amethyst has been used by almost all ancient civilizations; Chinese, Roman, Greek, and Egyptian cultures have all treasured this amazing mineral for thousands of years. One interesting side note: the ancient Greeks believed that amethyst could 'center' a person and protect them from the negative effects of alcohol. To no one's surprise, the Greek word for amethyst is 'Amethystos,' which translates to literally meaning 'not drunk.' This is intriguing, given the fact that amethyst is now used as a cleansing and protective stone. Fascinating, right?
Amethyst was also prized by ancient cultures for its beauty and spiritual properties. They would wear it, hold it, drink from it...all in an attempt to harness its protective power and ward off negative energy. The deep purple color was also used to represent strength and power. Ancient warriors wore amethyst amulets and talismans into battle in hopes of gaining its protective properties.
In Egypt, thousands of years ago, amethyst was seen as one of the most sacred stones. This crystal was prized by the pharaohs for its ability to protect the wearer from evil energy, danger, and bad luck. Amethyst was frequently placed near the deceased in Egyptian tombs to aid in guidance and spiritual protection in the afterlife. This magical mineral was also valued for its pure beauty, and it found its way into numerous pieces of jewelry and adornments.
Amethyst was considered a sign of wealth or nobility in Europe during the Middle Ages. Amethyst, like the color purple in general, came to be associated with wealthy royal families. This association lives on today, with many royal crests and shields featuring the color purple.
For The Road
Historically, amethyst has always been a mineral that was difficult to procure and difficult to acquire.That all changed around the turn of the century, when vast deposits of amethyst were found and mined. Amethyst became available to almost everyone on the planet and we are grateful that what was once a very expensive specimen is now available to the general public. Everyone can now enjoy the beauty and healing properties of this magical purple stone!