Australia's biggest collection of Amethyst is right here in Toronto!
16 million years and 16 weeks in the making - the Amethyst Fountain of Toronto is the largest display of Amethyst in Australia, featuring towers (called of geodes) imported from Brazil.
The Legend of the Amethyst
According to legend, Amethyst originated when Bacchus, the God of Wine, grew angry with mortals. He vowed the next mortal that crossed his path would be eaten by Tigers. That unfortunate mortal was a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship the goddess, Diana.
Diana, hearing of Bacchus' vow, turned Amethyst into a pillar of colourless quartz to protect her from the Tigers. Bacchus, witnessing the miracle, repented and poured wine over Amethyst turning her purple.
Once considered more valuable than diamonds, Amethysts are said to have magical healing powers. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed Amethyst protected people from the intoxicating effects of alcohol. The word Amethyst is of Greek origin and comes from the Greek word "Amethystos" which translated means, "not intoxicated".
Amethyst is known as "natures tranquilliser" by many because of its effectiveness in relaxing not only the mind, but also the nervous system. It is said to also have a relieving effect on stress, depression and ineffective communication. Medieval European soldiers often wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed.
Along with the many mental benefits, Amethyst is believed to be a remedy for many physical afflictions including toothaches, skeletal discomforts, posture and other bone and joint related sicknesses (like arthritis). Amethyst is also thought to cure problems within the stomach, the heart and hearing disorders.
Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February.