Amethyst is a crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac or deep mauve, and according to the American Gem Trade Association, great thinkers in history (like Leonardo DaVinci) believed that amethyst could dissipate evil thoughts and boost intelligence.
Funnily enough, amethyst symbolism also includes “guarding against drunkenness,” since the word ‘amethyst’ comes from a Greek term meaning “without drunkenness.” Not that you can wear an amethyst necklace or bracelet and drink all throughout your reception without getting buzzed – or completely wasted – but it’s an amusing symbolism attributed to this stone.
Here are some other symbolic meanings for this purple gem:
- Guard against fearful feelings
- Guard against guilty feelings
- Guard against self-deception
- Spiritual wisdom
- Focused energy
- Royal (purple is traditionally the color of royalty!)
Aquamarine is popular for its gorgeous sea-blue color that can range from light blue to dark blue, and is one of the most enchanting gemstones that brides choose to wear as their Something Blue, or as the gemstone that will bring out their eyes.
Here is the symbolism of aquamarine, as well as some fun FYIs:
• The name ‘aquamarine’ is derived from an old Latin expression meaning ‘seawater.’
• Aquamarine is a variety of the precious gemstone beryl, and the beryl group of minerals is also closely tied to emerald…which is one of the ‘Precious Four’ gems of the world (emerald, diamond, ruby and sapphire.)
• Legend says that it is the treasure of mermaids, with the power to keep sailors safe at sea.
• Aquamarine is known in legend to be very soothing to married couples, which is why it’s such a top choice for weddings and for engagement gifts.
o Honoring spiritual experiences
o Growing from spiritual experiences
o Reduces fear
o Inspires self-expression, in communication and artistically
o Compassionate communication
o Safety while moving through the stages of life.
o Vastness of life (like the sea)