Facts About Gemstones: Amethyst

Learn some quick facts, symbolism, origins and attributed mythology and power of the Diamonds used in the Women's Designer Amethyst Jewellery from Mother and Daughter Jewellery:


Quick facts:

  • Colour: Purple, Violet
  • Hardness: 7 (on Mohs hardness scale, 0 being least resistant and 10 most resistant)
  • Stone family: Quartz
  • Birthstone month: February


The Amethyst symbolises piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom, sometimes known as the Bishop's Stone, it is still worn by Catholic Bishops today.

Origins and legends:

The ancient Greeks believed that Amethyst would protect against drunkenness, with the name deriving from the Ancient Greek for 'ἀ', meaning 'not', and 'méthystos', meaning 'intoxicated'. They would wear amethyst and decorated their drinking cups with it believing it would prevent intoxication.

Mythology and alternative powers:

Amethyst has been attributed with many powers over the centuries, from being worn by ancient Greek to protect against drunkenness, to the ancient Egyptians who used it as protection from self-deception and witchcraft.

Amethyst is said to be a healing stone, from healing personal losses and grief, to problems in the blood and in breathing problems. It is also said to help overcome fears and addictions and relieve headaches.

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