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A Gemstone Created from Tears

Amethyst, the birthstone for February, is a vivid purple gemstone. It was named after a mythological maiden who was turned to stone by the God Dionysus.


The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from Greek myths. Dionysius, the god of intoxication, was angered one day by an insult from a mere mortal, and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path. He created fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal claws of the fierce tigers.


Dionysius wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god’s tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today.


The Greek work “amethystos” basically can be translated as “not drunken.” Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it! The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety today.


Discover vivid purple Amethyst at Nash Jewellers, a family tradition since 1918.


Colin Nash,
Certified Gemologist Appraiser,
Nash Jewellers


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