New Amethyst History & Lore
Amethyst has been a prized gem for centuries. It is the birthstone for
Pisces and the month of February, and the gemstone for the 6th
anniversary of marriage. The stone is included in royal collections all
over the world, from ancient Egypt to the British crown jewels. The
Smithsonian has an amethyst that weighs 400 pounds! Ancient
civilizations prized the stone more than many gems, which today, enjoy
more recognition and value, including the Sapphire and the Ruby. In
olden times, Amethyst saw its place in the Christian church, worn on
Bishops’ rings. The royal purple color used to symbolize Christ. Saint
Valentine was thought to wear a ring set with an antique Amethyst carved
with an image of Cupid. The stone is also a symbol of Saint Matthias.
There are a number of Biblical references to the amethyst. It was also
one of the twelve precious stones in the high priest Aaron’s
breastplate. The twelfth foundation of the Holy City was built of
amethyst. For some time, true amethyst was valued equally with the
diamond. Then great finds in South America and elsewhere made it more
plentiful. As its rarity decreased, so did its price.
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