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Name Origin: In Ancient Greece, amethysts were believed to ward off the effects of drunkenness and were worn as amulets by inexperienced drinkers. This is how the stone got its name - from the Greek "amethusos" meaning "not drunk"

Historical significance/folklore: Amethyst has been prized for its beauty and its legendary energies for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, soldiers used to wear amethyst to remain calm during battle and Persians, as well as Peruvians, believed amethyst could ward off witchcraft when the stone was carved with a sun symbol. In the late middle ages, Leonardo da Vinci attributed the power of intelligence and the ability to dissipate evil thoughts to amethyst. Neolithic people in Europe used it at least as early as 25,000B.C and in ancient Egypt it was made into beads and amulets. Early as Greek and Roman societies placed high value on Amethyst, and it has long been viewed as a stone of royalty, utilized in crowns, scepters and the rings of bishops. Amethyst is said to have been the ninth stone in the breastplate of the high priest of Israel, and one of the ten stones upon which the names of the tribes of Israel were engraved.

Amethyst is an excellent stone for providing protection and was one of the stones worn by the High Priest Aaron in the breastplate that protected against injury. In Greek lore, the goddess Diana turned a nymph lady into an amethyst out of jealousy, because she was loved by Bacchus, the god of wine, Bacchus was in despair, and then poured wine over the statue with its purple color. Amethyst is considered helpful in heightening the spiritual connection and is always used in "The Bishop's Ring," worn by officials of the Catholic Church on the right hand.

Gemstone properties: Amethyst helps to strengthen the connection and communication between the mind, body, spirit, encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom. It neutralizes negative energy and also assists people to becoming more flexible adapt to new ideas easily. Amethyst has a high spiritual vibration. It guards against psychic attack, transmuting the energy into love. A natural tranquilizer, Amethyst blocks stress and negative environment energies. Its serenity enhances higher states of consciousness and meditation. Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers, and enhances spiritual awareness. Traditionally, it was worn to prevent drunkenness and has a sobering effect on overindulgence and physical passions, supporting sobriety. Amethyst enhances memory and improves motivation, making you more able to set realistic goals. It can help you to remember and understand dreams and facilities the visualization process.

Healing Properties: Stress, headaches, burns, swelling, respiratory lungs, absorption of water, nightmares, insomnia, hearing disorders, grief, hormone production, endocrine system.