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Amethyst Jewelry :

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Boulder Opal Amethyst Pendant

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Charoite Amethyst Crystals Pendant

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Lapis, Opal, Amethyst Pendant

Sugilite Peridot Amethyst Ring

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Mabe Pearl, Opal, Amethyst Pendant

Gold Bracelet with Amethyst

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Hammered Silver Amethyst Ring

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Sugilite Amethyst Ring



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Amethyst is the modern February birthstone and the accepted gem for the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. See other February birth stones: Traditional, Mystical, Ancient, Zodiac Sun Signs (Star Signs), Talismanic and Ayurvedic birthstone charts.

This member of the quartz family gets its name from amethysts, the Greek word for sober.


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According to legend, amethyst originated when Bacchus, the God of Wine, grew angry at mortals. He vowed the next mortal that crossed his path would be eaten by tigers. At that time, a beautiful young maiden named Amethyst was on her way to worship the Goddess Diana. Diana, knowing of Bacchus vow, turned Amethyst into a pillar of colorless quartz to protect her from the tigers. Bacchus, witnessing the miracle, repented and poured wine over Amethyst, staining her purple.


Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:

This legend and the connection to Bacchus led to the belief that drinking wine from a cup made of amethyst would prevent drunkenness, and later, that wearing amethyst would also prevent the wearer from becoming drunk or being poisoned. Amethyst is also considered as an aid to the brave because it was believed to protect soldiers in battle.

Other legends say that amethyst can control evil thoughts, help hunters in the capture of animals and can make the owner shrewd in business matters.

Amethyst is a variety of quartz which occurs in transparent light to dark purple. The darker more intense colors are more valuable than the lighter smoky or lavender color. Dark rich, royal colors of amethyst have been treasured by kings and queens for centuries and can be traced back to the Minoan period in Greece (c. 2500 B.C.). During the 15th century the French fleur-de-lis brooch could only be worn by the Royal family on ceremonial occasions.

The two main sources of amethyst are Brazil and Zambia although it is also found in Uruguay, Russia, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and the US state of Arizona.

Amethyst is used as faceted stones or polished cabochons and is carved in various shapes. Amethyst beads are used in necklaces, earrings and other jewelry in both rough unpolished forms, smooth glossy shapes, faceted beads and briolettes.

One of the largest cut amethysts in the world is 343 carats and is housed at the National History Museum in London. Very dark stones are sometimes heated to enhance color.

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Gibeon Meteorite, Amethyst Pendant Amethyst and Lapis Pendant Silver/Gold Amethyst Earrings Amethyst and Charoite Pendant


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Sources of Information:
The Curious Lore of Precious Stones
by G.F. Kunz. J.D. Lippincott. 1913
The Mineral Gallery
The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
International Colored Gemstone Association
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals Alfed A. Knopf 1979
Stones - Their Collection, Identification and Uses by R. V. Dietrich. Geoscience Press. 1980
Guide to Gems and Precious Stones Simon & Schuster 1986
Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Gems and Jewelry by Joel E. Arem. Geoscience Press. 1992
Gems in Myth, Legend, and Lore by Bruce G. Knuth. Jeweler's Press 1999
Healing Crystals by Cassandra Eason. Vega 2003









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