Updated: Jan 18
The eye-catching amethyst crystals have a long history of meanings and properties, all of which are positive, as they were known to bring forth the purest aspirations of human kind.
Amethyst derives its name from the Greek word ametusthos which means ‘not intoxicated’. For centuries, Amethyst has been thought to be useful in the prevention of drunkenness and overindulgence, which is why ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved out drinking vessels from it.
Amethyst meaning differed throughout the ages and cultures and that’s why Feng Shui meaning of amethyst crystal differs and is focused on the wealth enhancement. It was also used in ancient China as a powerful tool to clear negative energy and drive away the hazards of everyday life.
In the period of Renaissance amethyst was widely engraved with animal symbols serving the meaning of protection and security. It has also stood for humility and modesty despite the fact that the most powerful monarchs have used amethyst crystals as a symbol of royalty.
Amethyst was also used by soldiers during wars in ancient times due to the belief in its powerful and protective nature. Amethyst was thought to control evil thoughts, help sobriety and help overall control of one’s thoughts and mindfulness.
Ancient Egyptians gave another meaning to the crystals and were wearing jewelry with amethyst to protect against guilty and fearful feelings, along with a protection from witchcraft. There are examples of the amethyst stone being used in Egypt as far back to 4000 BC.
While the Greeks believed in the healing qualities of amethysts, they weren't the only European country to do so. Many cultures throughout the world were drawn to the magic of this mesmerizing, mystical gem.
Whether it was a connection with spirituality, wine consumption, or royal lineage, amethysts have held their own in folklore, religion, and history.