Birthstones and their different names & myths
The wearing of month birthstones is considered to get good fortune and good health. Long ago astrologers recognized supernatural powers to some gemstones. In ancient times the birthstones they wore were different because it is not long time ago when birthstones were associated with specific months. Ancient people used all 12 birthstones one for each month. During that time color was the most essential quality of a stone. In fact, people of those days didn’t even differentiate between a garnet and a ruby. The names and myths used in the past are not closely related to the gem we think of with that name nowadays. There are some birthstones below with different names and myths behind.
Difference in Name
In the holy Bible, sapphire was possibly what we recognize in our day as lapis. Ancient people recognized Diamonds as a white topaz or white sapphire.
Difference in Myths
Amethyste has different myths regarding its name. Some people say, ancient god Bacchus had a fun loving character and once this party god saw a pretty maiden and got attracted to her wild beauty. He gave her so many proposals but the maiden refused them. Her name was Amethyste. She felt very helplessly prayed to the goddess Diana for safety. The goddess turned the maiden into a crystal statue. Our boy, Bacchus was very sad and had a glass of wine in his hand which he sadly poured over the statue. Sadness of a god turned the color of the stone into purple. This is how the purple gemstone got the name Amethyste.
Another Greek myth says, the young maiden was being chased by tigers and to save her the goddess Diana turned her into a quartz statue. Upon seeing this, the god Dionysus cries purple tears. The name of the maiden was Amethyste. This is how the famous stone Amethyste got its name and color.
No matter what the original name and myth is birthstones are always thrilling to wear. Just imagine that the stone you are wearing is actually taking your care. Apart from the magical qualities birthstones are very fashionable and suits with any outfit.