Amethyst Rings: Properties
Referred to by Moses as a symbol of
the spirit of God, the amethyst has had a multitude of characteristics
attributed to it over the years. It is historically associated with royalty. ‘To
the purple born’ traditionally refers to regal birth or the aristocracy. Samples
of amethysts have been found in upper class Anglo-Saxon graves in England. Of
course the amethyst holds a position of prominence among the British crown
jewels. The Russian Empress Catherine the Great was so fond of the amethyst that
she had what amounts to a standing order with the mines of Siberia for the
It is known that if it were at all
possible, Roman soldiers would wear amethyst amulets, since the stone was said
to bring good fortune in battle. Agriculturally speaking, amethysts were
believed to protect farmers’ crops from all storms and locusts.
In accordance with its Greek roots,
the amethyst has been associated with serenity, moderation, chastity, and
wisdom. In this, the amethyst was a natural to be used in the rings of the
The attributes of security and ease
of transition come into play when you note that the amethyst is said to promote
peaceful sleep and fend off nightmares. Some even assert that an amethyst amulet
will reduce snoring. It would certainly be prettier than those nose strips so
popular these days.
As the birthstone of February, the
“not intoxicated” quality of the amethyst seems apropos. It would stand one in
good stead in combating the effects of such February rooted bacchanalian
pursuits as Carnival and Mardi Gras. It has also been asserted that sure fire
protection from the delirium tremens can be obtained by simply mixing some
pulverized amethyst into a person’s cocktail. Now there's the protection of
Diana for you.
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