Have you ever wondered about the beautiful and charismatic the world of gemstones? Infused with vibrant color and magnificent luster, gemstones are valued not only for jewelry purposes but also for their metaphysical properties. One such exemplary gemstone is amethyst. Until the 18th century, amethyst was considered a Cardinal Gem; one of the five most precious gems. The majestic appearance of amethyst speaks louder than words, and its calming and energizing qualities need no introduction.

Closeup of deep purple amethyst crystals.

Metaphysical Beliefs Associated with Amethyst

Amethyst is known to be a powerful stone that fosters compassion while relieving one from negativity. It is associated with spirituality and contentment. It is a protective stone that also enhances one’s creativity and passion lending clarity to the thought process. This mystic gemstone helps in relieving stress with its calming attributes. The healing powers of amethyst are great for those who want to overcome addictions. Fostering selflessness, spiritual awareness and inner peace, amethyst is known for its ability to heal and strengthen our emotional cores.

Disclaimer: Use of any stone or mineral is not a substitute for professional medical care or treatment, and nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Information provided should not be used to treat any illness, injury, medical condition, or ailment without prior consultation with a qualified health professional.

Sobering Tales about Amethyst

Since amethyst has been popular for so long, there are several stories associated with its significance. A popular story in Greek mythology shows a direct association between amethyst and Dionysus, the Greek God of wine and intoxication. According to the mythological tale, angered over rejection by Amethystos, Dionysus attacked her. But Artemis turned her into a white stone in order to protect her from Dionysus. Realizing his mistake, Dionysus apologized and poured wine on the stone that turned it purple. This purple color stone came to be known as amethyst, protecting one from the effects of alcohol.

Another popular story involves Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine and Revelry. Amethyst, an innocent maiden, was on her way to the temple of Diana. Mistakenly she crossed the path of Bacchus, which infuriated him. Bacchus set his tigers upon Amethyst in anger. To protect the girl from attack, the goddess turned her into a quartz pillar. Regretting his act, Bacchus poured wine on the pillar as an apology that turned the color of quartz purple.

Moroccan amethyst ring set displayed on wooden stand.

Will Amethyst Really Cure a Hangover?

The word amethyst derives from the Greek words ‘a’ and ‘méthystos’, literally translating as “not drunk.” It is widely believed that the gemstone is helpful in countering the effects of alcohol. Ancient Greeks considered amethyst to be a symbol of sobriety, crafting drinking vessels from the purple gemstone. They believed the stone would prevent intoxication and reduce drunkenness. Unfortunately, the jury is still out on this, as no serious studies have been conducted to prove this ancient belief.

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Celebrated on May 25 in the United States, Wine Day is dedicated to the joy and celebration found in the company of great wine. Wine tasting, cooking special dishes with wine and organizing lunches and dinners with family and friends are some great ways to celebrate Wine Day. No matter how you decide to celebrate Wine Day, please do so responsibly!

How will you celebrate Wine Day? Will you have an amethyst at hand? Tell us in the comments!

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