Amethyst: The Calming Violet Stone of February

Stone Uses - From Partying to Preaching

Amethyst literally translates to “not intoxicated” from the Ancient Greek “a-” (not) and “methustos” (intoxicated). Those 

party-loving Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that by drinking from amethyst cups that they would not get drunk. 

Not long after that, soldiers adopted the stone as they thought that the stone would protect them from harm. This 

came with the caveat that they must show bravery or the stone wouldn’t work. The breastplate of Aaron, an Ancient 

Hebrew high priest, featured this stone front and center as it was said to give him revelations and spiritual visions 

from God.

Time To Shine

Renaissance Europe was where amethyst really started to shine though. Due to the rarity of the stone and it’s new 

meaning of “humility”, royalty all over Europe sought to adorn themselves with the stone. Usually found surrounded 

by diamonds or other gemstones, the jewelry of this time was opulent and is still highly sought after by collectors and 

museums alike. Most famously, the Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway still sports a vibrant crown adorned with 

beautiful amethysts. The Catholic Church even adopted this vibrant gemstone as the official gemstone of the Church 

due to its alternative meaning of “chastity, piety, and trust.”

The Wearer

Nowadays, the amethyst is used to calm one’s mind and reduce stress. Healers use amethyst to help the afflicted 

fight addiction and to break fevers. It is also used to invite a good night’s rest when it is placed under the pillow.

How to Care for Amethyst Jewelry

Whenever you take off the jewelry, wipe it down with a soft cloth. This simple step will help in the long run. While you 

wipe it down, inspect the piece and note any scratches, missing stones, or any other damage on the piece. Since 

amethyst is a more delicate gemstone, keep it in an area that it won’t receive a lot of direct sunlight or be exposed to 

extreme temperatures. We recommend a jewelry box or some other secure location.

If you have to clean the jewelry, use a mild soap and water and scrub with a soft brush. Dry the jewelry with a soft, 

clean towel or air dry the piece. We recommend bringing the jewelry to us every couple months 

(when worn frequently) for a professional cleaning. We can also take care of any repairs that the piece needs and 

address any other questions/concerns you may have.

Bishops Jewelry

1440 University Ave S,

Fairbanks, AK 99709


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