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Amethyst: Calming Gem

Updated on October 8, 2017

The Amethyst

The Amethyst

The beautiful Amethyst stone has been thought throughout history to have healing properties and benefit the wearer. Is there any proof of it having any benefits to people? If it has been credited with healing properties for all those centuries going back to B.C., then does it really have any healing properties? These questions are addressed in this blog about its history and present day scientific data that has been collected about the stone. Not much research has been put into it. Yet, there is scientific research indicating that there is something healing about wearing the amethyst. Many people think that a stone having healing benefits is just an old wives' tale and should be dismissed. Yet, science is now telling us otherwise.


History of the Amethyst

The word "Amethyst" comes from the Ancient Greek word "a" which means "not" and "methystes" which means "intoxicated". This is in reference to the idea that people believed the stone had the ability to protect its wearer from drunkenness. So, amethyst means not drunk. It is the birthstone of February and is a semiprecious stone. The ancients also believed that it kept the wearer quick witted and made his/her thinking clear. It was one one of the stones that represented one of the tribes of Israel. For an extremely long time Amethyst was a precious gem stone and only worn by royalty and the clergy as it was believed to symbolize Christ. Leonardo da Vinci believed that the amethyst quickened intelligence and rids the mind of evil thoughts.

Greek Mythology on Amethyst

According to Greek mythology, a beautiful maiden named Amethyst was walking home after worshiping at the Temple of Diana. She crossed paths with Bacchus who was angry and looking for someone to take it out on. Bacchus saw Amethyst and sent two tigers that he had to kill her. When Diana saw what was going on, she turned Amethyst into a crystal to prevent her from dying. Bacchus was enraged and poured a glass of wine on the crystal which caused it to turn purple.

Amethyst in Greek Mythology

Ancient Egyptian Amethyst

Ancient Egyptians and Amethyst

For a long time, the amethyst was thought to be as precious as a diamond. However, once its abundance increased, its value decreased. The Ancient Egyptians like the Ancient Greeks associated Amethyst with being something to prevent intoxication. They associated the amethyst stone with the Zodiac sign of the goat which was considered to be an enemy of vines and vineyards.

Christianity and the Amethyst

In Christianity, Amethyst was one of the twelve stones that decorated the breastplate of Aaron who was a high priest in Exodus 39. Later on, Amethyst was a symbol for the tribe of Dan. In Hebrew, Amethyst was called "achlalamah" which came from the Rabbis using the word "halam" which meant to dream because they believed it caused the wearer to dream. It was not only in the breast plate of Aaron, it was also found in the foundation of New Jerusalem (Revelations 21:20). Allegedly, Moses described it as symbolizing the spirit of God.

Further History of the Amethyst

Once it got to be the Middle Ages, piety and celibacy were associated with Amethyst as it was often worn by the Catholic Clergy. Once it got to be the Rennaissance, Amethyst was associated with humility and modesty. Today, there are many people who believe Amethyst has healing properties. Although not much research has been put into proving the Amethyst has healing properties, it is still associated with having healing properties, aiding people in staying away from excessive alcohol, and increasing the immune system of people along with many other health benefits.

Science and the Amethyst

Even today, people believe that the Amethyst stone has healing properties. It is considered a meditative and calming stone. They think that it has healing properties for people struggling with alcoholism and/or other addictions, depression, stress, and grieving. Most people think that the idea that a stone has healing properties is an old wives' tale. However, it has been scientifically proven to have health benefits even though little research has been done on the benefits of the stone. The Amethyst emits a little yet detectable amount of magnetic field producing positive changes inside the human body. When Amethyst is heated, it gives off infrared waves, a kind of long waved radiation. The infrared rays, (FIR) are one of the two types of light we get from the sun. The amount of FIR within the body is constantly changing. The more FIR within the body, the better it is able to cope with physical changes. Sir William Herschel discovered the benefits of Far Infrared Rays (FIR). He figured out that colors contain their own amount of heat. The level of light above the color red which is a violet is infrared light.

What Science has Proven about the Amethyst

  • cell regeneration
  • detoxification
  • maintains blood pressure
  • promotes over-all well being
  • supports wound healing
  • decreases effects of diabetes


In conclusion, the Amethyst has been believed to have healing benefits and power for a very long time in may different cultures and different civilizations all claiming similar things about the stone. Many people today believe it has healing powers even though little research has been done on whether or not any of that is true. However, the research which has been done does support the correctness of the beliefs in healing powers. Science has proven that it does have some healing power due to the levels of infrared light which the Amethyst stone gives off. Yet, many people still believe that using a rock or a stone for anything is plain superstition. Whether or not there will be any further research on benefits of the Amethyst is still unknown. However, it is a nice piece of jewelry all the same.

Things People Think Amethyst Helps With

  • quickens intelligance
  • make a businessman shrewd
  • protects soldiers from battle wounds
  • aid the warrior to victory
  • help the hunter in search of a game
  • protect against contagious diseases

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The following articles below were assessed on June 3, 2017 and June 4, 2017.


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