Rose quartz and amethyst have been two of my personal favorites for a long time and they’re even better when paired. With rose quartz’s loving energies and amethyst’s ability to soothe and calm the mind, together they make a great crystal combination. But you may have already been familiar with the fact, so what are some things you weren’t aware of? Here are 10 things you didn’t know about rose quartz and amethyst.
1. Amethyst, the hangover stone
The name amethyst comes from the Greek term amethystos meaning “not drunk”. In ancient Greece and Rome, this violet gemstone was believed to inhibit intoxication and keep the mind clear as the drinker level headed. Amethyst was often even inlaid into drinking goblets for these purposes. Catholic priests also believed something similar, although in a more figurative sense. Amethyst was thought to prevent bishops from getting “drunk on religious power” and would wear the stone in rings and other types of jewelry to keep them grounded.
2. Rose Quartz, the stone of immortality
Although a little different from the philosopher’s stone, this crystal of youth is believed to carry properties that keep the wearer youthful and feeling revitalized. Rose quartz masks were first uncovered from ancient Roman and Egyptian tombs. It is believed that the Goddess Isis would search for river-tumbled rose quartz and use them to keep herself youthful. This beauty ritual has since been passed on through the ages among Egyptian women. You could have been saving so much on skincare and you didn’t even know it.
3. Amethyst and Wine
The myth of Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine, goes as such. He had suffered an injustice of sorts and in his anger, proclaimed that he would unleash his fury upon the next person to cross his path. While on her way to the Temple of Diana, a beautiful maiden had the misfortune of crossing paths with Bacchus, who set his guardian tigers upon her. The goddess Diana quickly intervened and to spare the maiden from such a horrible fate, turned her into a pure clear stone. Overcome with remorse, Bacchus poured his wine over the stone in an attempt to atone for what he had done. The crystal shifted to a deep violet hue, claiming the name of the beautiful maiden, Amethyst.
4. Rose Quartz, colored by the blood of the gods
Well, not really, its color comes from the absorbed minerals like manganese and titanium. However, Greek Mythology tells a different tale. The Goddess Aphrodite held so much love for the God Adonis that when he was attacked by Ares, the God of War, she rushed to his defense and cut herself on a briar bush. Their mingling blood dripped onto a quartz crystal and stained the stone pink, creating what we now call the ultimate crystal symbol of love.
5. Amethyst in Christianity
In early Christian faith, amethyst’s purple hues represented purity of spirit, its varying colors of purple and red symbolizing chastity and release from suffering. Many believers associated the calming and soothing properties of amethyst with Christ, assuming its colors related to his wounds and his suffering. Not long after, amethyst became incorporated into healing practices, both physical and spiritual.
6. Rose Quartz, a talisman
Aside from its many healing properties, rose quartz is a Seeker Transformer crystal – these are crystals which contain an energy structure capable of aligning the natural power of the crystal with the natural power of the human mind to expand its capabilities. Transformer crystals, such as rose quartz enhance the power we have to change our situation for the better and act as compasses which guide the way to the life we most desire. Wearing rose quartz not only harnesses its healing properties but also acts as a talisman for manifestation.
7. Amethyst and Egyptian Folklore
In ancient Egypt, amethyst was believed to inspire courage, calm, contemplation, and protection. Egyptian soldiers would often wear amethyst in battle to inspire courage and as it was believed to protect against evil and misfortune. It has also been said that, inspired by the book of the dead, amethyst crystals were often fashioned into heart-shaped amulets and used in burial. Archaeological digs at Tutankhamun’s tomb have uncovered amethyst crystals as old as 3,000 BCE, carved into the shape of gods and sacred animals, a large amethyst scarab being among the many treasures found.
8. Rose Quartz as medicine
Australian bush doctors often incorporate the use of this healing stone for their medicinal elixirs and healing practices. It may not heal leprosy, but it can offer a wide range of healing benefits like aiding the circulatory and respiratory system as well as healing the kidneys, adrenal glands, improving vision and releasing toxins from the body.
9. Amethyst, a stone of the mind
Leonardo da Vinci believed amethyst crystals had the power to suppress evil thoughts, improve intelligence, and to make men shrewd in business matters. He also believed that the power and effectiveness of meditation increased tenfold when done in purple lighting or with a purple stone such as amethyst. Perhaps because of its color, amethyst is also deeply associated with the crown chakra as the stone itself is said to promote ascension and a deeper connection with the divine.
10. Amethyst, the stone of Royals
Purple was once a highly-coveted, expensive, and extremely difficult color to make and was so desired throughout Europe. Perhaps for its color, this was a favorite stone of the English, revered for its majestic properties. They would often create emblems, carved jewels, and insignia during the middle ages to symbolize royalty. Queen Elizabeth herself is said to own a very special amethyst set, complete with necklaces, brooches, earrings and the like that has been passed down from Queen Victoria’s mother.