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Amethyst Myths Legends Poetry and Uses

Updated: Dec 2, 2023











Myths and Legends

In the 15th century Leonardo Da Vinci believed the amethyst was the cure for drunkenness and possessed qualities that had the power to increase a person's wit, intelligence, improve assertiveness and shrewdness in business as well as the ability to control evil thoughts. The amethyst is said to reduce excitability from intoxication or passion.

The gem would deliver victory in battle if worn and protects the soldiers from harm and was worn for luck when hunting and capturing wild animals.

The Amethyst is thought to protect the wearer from communicable diseases.

St. Valentine was said to wear a ring made of amethyst engraved with the image of cupid.

Amethyst has a place in the first and second High Priest Breastplate of the Hebrews in the 9th setting and was believed to possess the virtue of inducing dreams and visions.

In ancient Egypt the amethyst was thought to be known as The Hemag and was recorded in the Book of the Dead as an amulet that was to be cut into a heart shape and placed with the body at burial.

The Rosicrucian's believed the amethyst and the purple colour to symbolize the divine male sacrifice.

The Devonshire Parure consists of various precious gems with engravings of historical warriors from different ages in history. The Parure comb has a large Amethyst gem in the middle setting carved with the image of Sapor the 1st, who was the King of Persia in the years 240 to 270 AD. Sapor the 1st made a nearly successful attempt at conquering the Roman Empire in the years following Alexander the Great death. Sapor the 1st had many successful conquests which led to his image being engraved into the Amethyst gem and placed at the center of the Devonshire Parure comb.

"Long ago, a beautiful maiden was on her way to worship at the Temple of Diana. However, she had the misfortune of crossing paths with the god of wine, Bacchus. Angered since he'd just suffered some slight, he'd vowed to take revenge on the next person he met. He spied the maid and unleashed his two guardian tigers upon her. As the great beasts bounded towards the hapless lass, the goddess Diana intervened. To spare her such a terrible fate, she turned her into a pure, clear stone.

Immediately, remorse seized Bacchus. To atone for his actions, he poured his wine over the stone, staining the crystal a deep, violet hue. And so, the maiden Amethyst lent her name to the crystal."



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To pass through the bowers of the silver cloud , And to sing in the thunder - halls aloud ; To spread out the wings for a wild free flight

With the upper cloud - winds , -oh ! what delight !

Oh ! what would I give , like a bird , to go

Right on through the arch of the sun - lit bow , And to see how the water - drops are kiss'd Into green , and yellow , and amethyst ! ...

The Summer Evening

See the parting god of day

Leaves a trail upon his way , Like the memory of the dead

When the sainted soul is fled , — And it chequers all the skies

With its bright , innumerous dyes . Waves of clouds , all rich and glowing , Each into the other flowing , Pierced by many a crimson streak , Like the blush on

Beauty's cheek ; Here and there , dark purple tinges

Peering through their saffron fringes , ( Amethysts of price untold Set in shrines of virgin gold ) , And , anon , a dewy star , Twinkling from blue depths afar , Bright as

Woman's tearful eye

When she weeps , she scarce knows why !

TO THE IDOL of Mine Eyes and the Delight of Mine HEART ,


Talk not of gems , the orient list ,

The diamond , topaz , amethyst , The emerald mild , the ruby gay ;

Talk of my gem ,

Anne Hathaway !

She hath a way , with her bright eye ,

Their various lustre to defy , The jewel she and the foil they ,

So sweet to look Anne hath a way .

She hath a way , Anne Hathaway , To make grief bliss Anne hath a way...


Further Reading and References

Kunz, George Frederick. Shakespeare and Precious Stones. Google Books, Imprinted by J.B. Lippincott Company, 1916, Accessed 7 Mar. 2023.

Burnham, Sarah Maria. Precious Stones in Nature, Art, and Literature. Google Books, B. Whidden, 1886, Accessed 3 Mar. 2023.

“Reign of Persia’s King Sapor I – History Moments.”, Accessed 7 Mar. 2023.


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