If we discuss the real Oriental Amethyst, it will not be amiss to cite Pliny, who valued Amethyst the first rank among all the stones of a purple color. According to his opinion, the birthplace of Amethyst is Syrian (the capital of Pegu). He also described the specimens of this gem that came from Petra, Egypt, and Galatia. But the most valued Amethysts came from Cyprus, he said. Pliny also described the kind of Amethyst that was similar to Sapphire. As a result, the Hindus called it “Sacon,” while the stone itself as “Socondion.”
Some authors of the 19th-century claim that even the Ancient Egyptians used this gemstone for engraving. This gem was the first ornamental as well. As evidence, several Egyptian charms, pendants, and necklaces contained Amethyst. The Etruscans and the Romans also used this stone in intaglios.
Some ancient sources tell us that the name of Amethyst owes its similarity to the color of the wine. On the other hand, there is a version that the name of this gem derived from the Greek word that means “not to inebriate.” In other words, this stone protects your mind from the intoxication. But some authors affirm that its name derived from the Persian word “shemest.”
The deposits of Amethyst locate in Sri Lanka, India, Brazil, Iran, Serbia, Hungary, Germany, and Spain.
In the Middle Ages, Amethyst valued next to Sapphire. As a result, the lapidaries used this gem for imitation of its precious “fellow.” However, later, this gem came out from vogue due to its abundant deposits found in Brazil. Presently, Amethyst is valueless compared to its price in the Middle Ages. However, the natural Amethyst is relatively rare, whence its price. Jewelers often use this gem in a pair with Diamonds and Pearls. So, now this semi-precious stone is commonly a minor stone for jewelry purposes.
Magical Properties Attributed to Amethyst
Pliny said that Amethyst could illuminate a dark room with the color of the wine. However, it was the specimen of immense size in possession of one of the ancient kings. Julius Wodiska describes Amethyst in his “A Book of Precious Stones” as the natal stone for people born in February suitable for Aries. However, the modern sources attribute Amethyst to Aquarius. He said that its planet is Mars. Also, he claims that Amethyst is the amulet that could protect its owner from the “curse of excessive indulgence in stimulating beverages.” He also calls it the “Soldier’s Stone.”