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Amethyst is a variety of quartz
Amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos (not drunken)
Colour is violet - from super light pinkish colours right through to  quite dark purple colour. The colour comes from iron impurities
Hardness: 7
Egyptians used amethyst for intaglio engraved gems
Greeks beleived that amethyst could prevent intoxication so was often worn to prevent drunkeness
European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle
Beads of amthysts were found in the graves of Anglo-Saxons in England
Greek mythology: Dionysus the god of intoxication and wine, persued the lovely Amethystos who refused his attendtions, she prayed to the gods to remain chaste. The goddess Artemis granted her the wish and turned her into a white stone. Dionysus was duly impressed and poured wine over the stone therby dyeing the crystals purple - some stories say Dionysus cried tears of wine over the stone Amethystos.
Purple is considered a royal colour and at one time could only be worn by a royal person.
Amethysts were a favourite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty & is featured in the Crown Jewels of England
Birthstone - February
Chakra - Crown
Prevents stress. increases energy levels, assists concentration and mental activity. Aids spiritual growth. Amethysts benefits  thos in public speaking & aids self confidence.
Found in Brazil USA  South Korea Austria Uruguay Russia India Zambia
Most prized is the rare amethyst called Deep Russian
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