10 Fun Facts about Amethysts
1. Amethyst is the birthstone of February, and is the official gemstone for Wednesday. It is also the official gemstone for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
2. Amethyst is the official state gemstone of South Carolina. Several South Carolina amethysts are on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
3. Its name derives from the Greek “amethystos”, which means “not drunken”, as Amethyst in antiquity was thought to ward off drunkenness.
4. Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethyst had the power to dissipate bad thoughts and to sharpen intelligence.
5. Amethyst and Citrines are called “Sister Stones” since the only difference between them is in color!
6. Amethyst is included in Royal Jewelry collections all over the world, and is mostly famed for being part of the British crown jewels.
7. Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February, and the official gem for Wednesday, Jupiter and those born under the sign of Pisces.
8. In medieval times, Amethyst was often put under one’s pillow to cure insomnia and bring pleasant dreams.
9. Amethyst is mentioned in the Old Testament as one of the twelve stones representing the twelve tribes of Israel and was also one of the twelve gemstones adorning the breastplate of the high priest Aaron (Exodus 39).
10. It’s said that the patron saint of romantic love, St. Valentine, wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.