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Often found in the form of six sided
crystals, Amethyst is a purple form of Quartz mined primarily
in South America and Africa. Its rich coloration, good durability,
and relative affordability make Amethyst a popular choice for
all types of jewelry.
Amethyst is a stone that was well known
to the Ancients, being at the time more highly prized than many
gems which today enjoy more recognition and value, including Sapphire
The rich purple gemstone enjoys a wealth
of legends and folklore from throughout history. The ancient Greek
word Amethystos, from whence the name amethyst arises, means 'without
wine.' The stone was thought to be an amulet against excessive
drunkenness. Later legends say that a goblet or cup fashioned
entirely from Amethyst allows the drinker to consume wine from
it without feeling intoxicated.
Amethyst was known as a gem which would
bring forth the highest, purest aspirations of humankind. Chastity,
sobriety, and the control over one's thoughts were all attributes
heightened by wearing Amethyst. The gem would guard against the
anger of passion, and the violent or base nature of its wearer.
Instead the stone encouraged calm, bravery and contemplation.
One legend says that the gemstone comes
from the beautiful maiden Amethyst, a devotee of the goddess Diana.
Diana turned the girl to clear stone to protect her from tigers
conjured up by an angry Bacchus, the Greek god of wine. When Bacchus
saw what he had caused, he was remorseful and poured his wine
over the stone, staining it purple.
Amethyst has had its place in the Christian
church, worn on Bishops' rings, the royal purple color used to
symbolize Christ. Saint Valentine was thought to wear a ring set
with an antique Amethyst carved with an image of Cupid. The stone
also is a symbol of Saint Matthias.