February’s Hidden Treasure: Discovering the History and Meaning of Amethyst

13 February 2024

If you were born in February, your birthstone is Amethyst! Keep reading to learn more about this beautiful gemstone and what it represents.

What is an Amethyst?

An Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz. Quartz is a family of gemstones, which also includes Citrine, Prasiolite and Rose Quartz. The gemstone showcases a variety of hues, from light pinks, to dark purples. Most Amethysts show colour patches or colours in straight stripes. They are one of the most popular gemstones, along with Sapphire’s, Rubies and Emeralds.

Where does the name ‘Amethyst’ come from?

You may be surprised to learn this beautiful gemstone got its name from the Greek ‘amethystos’. The word means ‘a remedy against drunkenness’, and it was associated with Bacchus, the god of wine.

The meaning and history:

They have been used to symbolize love, happiness, and wealth. They are commonly associated with royalty due to its purple colour. As you’ve read above, it’s a stone that means ‘remedy against drunkenness’, so people began wearing it to protect against becoming intoxicated and to keep a clear head. Some historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an amethyst ring, carved with an image of Cupid.

Where it’s found:

Amethysts are found in many countries, but the most popular places they’re found are Brazil, Uruguay, Madagascar, and Zambia. Brazil are the biggest Amethyst manufacturers in the world. It’s developed in metamorphic and igneous rocks.