top of page

Sobering Amethyst

Purple is a color that has long been associated with royalty and nobility, it represents wealth extravagance, devotion, and wisdom. Cleopatra swore that her Amethyst ring gave her abilities to entice Marc Anthony and Julius Caesar.  St. Edward’s Crown is part of the coronation regalia of Britain and includes 7 Amethyst stones. Anglican Bishops wear episcopal rings set with Amethysts to represent the apostle’s sobriety at Pentecost.

The reason Amethyst is associated with sobriety is because according to Greek legend, it was named after a woman, Amethyst, who was turned into a crystal statue in protection from Dionysus, the god of wine and winemaking, in his remorse for causing harm. His tears mixed with his wine and he poured it on the crystal statue turning it a deep purple. Since then, Amethyst has been used in protection against drunkenness.  Amethystos methysko methyo is an ancient Koine Greek phrase that means “not intoxicated.” 

In our modern culture, we may not think of Amethyst in terms of prohibiting drunkenness or representing nobility, but the rich purple continues to bewitch! Amethyst is the purple version of the mineral quartz and can be a deep, cool purple or a reddish purple that is sometimes called Raspberry Amethyst.  High quality Amethyst is in demand of jewelry designers and gemstone cutters. It is also the birthstone for February.

I would love to help you with your Amethyst jewelry! Angela Cisneros Jewelry Concierge brings back the joy and confidence of jewelry shopping, so that you can celebrate with ease! My by-appointment approach means:

  • One-on-one appointments (personal attention and no crowds!)

  • Discretion and privacy (surprises remain surprises!)

  • Expert help from a Graduate Gemologist with 26 years of experience (yep, that’s me!)

Learn more about me and my process:

Book your FREE appointment with me today!

3 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page