Symbolism of Gemstones: Amethyst


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
  • Humilty
  • Piety
  • Spiritual wisdom
  • Focused energy
  • Calmness
  • Royal (purple is traditionally the color of royalty!)

Not Buying This One: A Wedding Superstition That Is Just Ridiculous

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I love wedding superstitions. Anything that brings a little bit of luck is a wonderful thing. A penny in your shoe. In some cultures, it’s walking through a door that’s been painted green. Seeing a duck on your way to the wedding. There are TONS of them out there.

Superstitions connect us to the olden days when magical thinking was huge, and people really wanted the bride to have all the luck in the world, as well as avoid creepy evil spirits.

But when I saw this one on a website about an event for bridesmaids, it kinda made me angry:

The universally known bridesmaid’s curse: “thrice a bridesmaid, never a bride” can be broken by being a bridesmaid seven times.

It’s ‘universally-known?’ So if this is your third time being a bridesmaid, you’re never going to get married? As a bride, are you supposed to leave that this-would-be-her-third-time friend out of your circle? Who came up with this one? We’ll never know, since superstitions are carried on the wind by storytellers, but the math on this just boggles the mind. So here we have the bridesmaid walking down the aisle for the third time, thinking she’s in a danger zone of bad luck with all of those other bridesmaids in the ‘thrice’ category. The fourth time she’s asked to be a bridesmaid, she’s on her way to freeing herself from a marriage-free life. The fifth time is just halfway there. The sixth time is almost there, and the seventh time is when the Curse is broken?

That’s just ridiculous.

So let’s make up a new one that can fly around the world and get used to promote a bridesmaid event. ‘Thrice a bridesmaid, expect a big promotion at work” sounds like a good one. Or how about “thrice a bridesmaid, loved by the bride.” Sweetness. “Thrice a bridesmaid, thrice the shoe closet size?” A little too materialistic. So let’s have you suggest some fake superstitions for the three-time bridesmaid….let me hear what you’ve got and we’ll get it out there for all of those three-time bridesmaids to enjoy!