Amethyst is a variety of crystallized quartz that occurs in colours ranging from deep purple to pale lavender. The presence of manganese in clear quartz produces amethyst, while the amount of iron content varies the strength of the purple colouration.
The name is derived from the Greek word ‘amethystos’ which means ‘remedy against drunkenness’ and comes from the 13th century. The Romans believed this stone prevented drunkenness and used to drink out of amethyst-encrusted goblets.
It is a semi-precious stone and is often used in jewellery. Beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England. Anglican bishops wear an episcopal ring often set with an amethyst, an allusion to the description of the Apostles as “not drunk” at Pentecost.
Tibetans consider amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it. In the Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia.
The Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens in Australia have the world’s largest amethyst cave, called the Enchanted Cave. You can see the video here. It is quite beautiful!
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Amethyst – February Birthstone
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