Amethyst Through the ages.



Amethyst Throughout History,

Amethyst's importance has been recognized in many countries around the world. The earliest source of it's name comes from ancient Greece. The word "amethyst" is translated as- "amethystus" meaning not drunken, or intoxicated ("-methystos" from "methyein" or intoxicated, "methy" = wine). Amethyst has been used to adorn the possessions of rich and powerful monarchs. Rare amethysts make up some of the stones that decorate the British Crown Jewels. During the Middle Ages, the stone symbolized piety and celibacy for clergy and adorned the rings and other jewelry of Cardinals, Bishops, and Priests of the Catholic Church. Amethyst can be traced back as far as being

found in the remains with Neolithic man.

Egyptian History:

Besides being a gem representative of great Egyptian rulers, with which mummies were entombed, amethyst also played a strong role in the history of Egyptian commerce. In early Egyptian history the royalty was becoming so wealthy that they began funding foreign ventures to surrounding regions. The surplus of capital allowed for the filtration of royal gifts and grants to middle class and farming families. This is evident in  lower and middle class cemeteries with findings of gold jewelry and fine amethyst necklaces buried within the tombs.


Amethyst and Ancient Greece:

Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst held many beneficial powers. The most important was it's ability to protect from drunkenness. Wearers of amethyst jewelry, such as necklaces and rings, or drinking from a cup fashioned from amethyst seemed to be immune to becoming intoxicated. The origin of amethyst is also related to Greek Mythology in a parable about the god Dionysus and the goddess Dianna


Biblical History:

Part of the history of amethyst comes from the naming of biblically significant stones in the Old Testament. Around the middle and late 1300 (B.C.) twelve stones had been chosen to be representative of the twelve tribes of Israel. (Exodus 28: 17-21) Among these stones amethyst was chosen as the gem representing the tribe of Dan one of the sons of Joseph. Amethyst is also mentioned as one of the twelve stones adorning the breastplate of the high priest Aaron. (Exodus 39). The original breastplate of the High Priest was said to be made by Moses in mid 1200 (B.C.) according to divinely inspired instructions he received during forty days in the wilderness.


Amethyst and the Renaissance:

During the Renaissance amethyst, became a symbol of great humility and modesty. The color represented a unification to influences. The purple amethyst decor of the Inquisition signified the joining of the spirit, represented by blue, with the body, represented by red. Not only was the stone used in jewelry of the time, it was also used to adorn crosses.


Latin American History:     The Psychic Phenomenon of the Amethyst Skull.

In more recent times, amethyst was believed to have great psychic powers has been discovered among ancient ruins in Mexico, Central and South America. They are fashioned in the shape and scale of a human skull, the most popular has been named as one from a group of thirteen Crystal Skulls found throughout the world. There is a great deal of unexplained phenomenon occurring around this and the other Crystal Skulls. The Amethyst Skull, as it has been named, was discovered in the early 1900's in Guatemala, Mexico and was brought to San Jose, California (U.S.A) in 1982 by a Mayan priest along with another skull called the Mayan Crystal Skull. Both skulls were taken to Hewlett Packard for research. The findings were astonishing. The skulls, sculpted from crystal quartz (amethyst and clear), were found to be carved and shaped against the natural axis (or "grain") of the crystal. Not only is this feat nearly impossible, it is completely unheard of for tools and skills developed in the time from which they are said to have come. A wrong cut could easily shatter amethyst and quartz of this type. On a psychic level, the Amethyst and Crystal skull are said to possess many powers. Psychics or Sensitives, those who are able to feel and read emitions of psychic energy, believe the skulls emit a very unusual vibration or energy. These Sensitives have reported that the skulls, when gazed upon, emit a video-like image of the ancient past. Amethyst and other crystals are known for being stones of great healing and ethereal awareness. Explanation for this phenomena can be explained by the modern use of quartz today in electronics. Both computer and video industries have utilized the amplification and consistent resonance ability of quartz in the fabrication of their products. It is believed that the same can occur with the human body's energy and the aide of amethyst and other power crystals.  The Sensitives explain that living things have emitted electromagnetic energy that has been recorded onto theses skulls. Although there is no special method for dating artifacts constructed purely of quartz, they have been found among the remains of tombs and ruins dating as far back as ninth and tenth century. If the skulls were hoaxes, the tenacity with which New Age followers hold on to the validity of the skulls are nonetheless testaments to the strength of their convictions.


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