Billy Ocean once sang ‘Tell me what is the colour of love”. No doubt if he had asked St. Valentine of Terni – after whom Valentine’s Day was named to tell him what the colour of love was, his answer would have been purple. Purple as the shades of amethyst that range from a pale red-violet to a deep violet. Indeed the saint to whom many is associated with the springtime rituals of courtly love had an affinity for amethyst, the birthstone for the month of February in which Valentine’s Day is firmly planted. St. Valentine was historically reported to have always worn a striking amethyst gemstone ring engraved with the image of cupid. Prior to being associated with St Valentines however, there is a much older, much more mythological tale surrounding this enchanting gemstone.
According to ancient Greek legend, Dionysus – the greek god of intoxication, ritual madness and wine – was in a very bad mood one day, having just been insulted by a mortal. In his fit of drunken rage, Dionysus declared his wrath on whoever the next mortal to cross his path would be. As unfortunate chance would have it, the next mortal to cross Dionysus’ path was in fact was an innocent and beautiful young maiden named Amethystos who was on her way to pay tribute at the temple of Artemis.
True to his word and blinded by anger, Dionysus set his wrath upon the poor girl by unleashing his two guardian tigers to attack her. The goddess Artemis seeing this, launched into swift action to protect the girl from the horrific death of being mauled to pieces by the tigers claws and turned the girl into a statue of pure crystalline quartz. While Artemis’ quick intervention spared the girl from her bloody fate, the girl was now unfortunately doomed to be a statue for the rest of her days. Emerging suddenly from his drunken fury and seeing the consequences of his brash actions, Dionysus felt immediate remorse. Grief overcame him and tears of wine streamed from his eyes. As he wept for the girl, his tears fell upon the girls crystalline figure and stained it purple. And so it came to pass that this purple crystal was called Amethyst in tribute to the young maiden Amethystos and her story.
Now knowing the legendary tale behind this exquisite gemstone, perhaps it makes a little more sense then that one of the key abilities of Amethyst is said to be to help the wearer ward off drunkenness. A little way perhaps that Amethystos helps to protect others from the alcohol triggered fate she herself had befallen. Aside from maintaining sobriety, Amethyst is also a stone very closely linked to the divine realm and thus it often is able to help the wearer achieve an enhanced meditative state and peace of mind.
So whether you’re recovering from a mad night out, been invited out with your boss for drinks or simply want to feel a little more connected to the energies around you, it could be useful to have a little Amethyst on hand.
Here are a few of our favourite Amethyst Juvi pieces: