Amethyst.....what you may not know about the beautiful February birthstone

Posted on February 18 2016

Stone lovers are all familiar with the beautiful purple variety of quartz known as amethyst.  It is the most precious gem within all the varieties of quartz and ranges in color from pale "pinkish" purple to a deep almost red purple.  For those that are drawn to the energy of the stones amethyst is thought of as the dream stone.  Its name actually comes from the Greek word "amethystos" which translates to "not-intoxicated".  I recently came upon the tale of how this beautiful stone came to be, and I LOVE it so here it goes...

Dionysus was the God of the grape harvest, celebration and intoxication.  He became enraged one day after being insulted by a mortal and for revenge chose to unleash his two tigers on the next mortal to pass by.  Moments later the beautiful young maiden Amethysta, on her way to pray to the Goddess Diana, passed by.  Dionysus detained Amethysta and unleashed his hungry tigers.  Amethysta cried out to Diana.  Hearing her cry out Diana turned Amethysta into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to keep her same.  At that moment Dionysus realized what he had done and burst into tears, tears of wine of course.  He wept and wept until his tears of wine ran over the quartz statue of Amethysta turning it to the beautiful purple of the amethyst we know today.  The tale tells us that all amethyst originates from this statue. 

So there you have it, the truth behind the the february birthstone!

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