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Friday, April 25, 2008

Amethyst

Amethyst is actually a form of quartz. Its name comes from the ancient Greek a- meaning "not" and methustos meaning "intoxicated", Amethustos. Many wine goblets were faceted or even completely carved from it during that time period, it was believed the power of the gemstone could ward off drunkenness if used while drinking. Its history goes back as far as the ancient Egyptians where Amethyst has been discovered in many pieces of jewelry from that era. Many cultures throughout history have different stories as to where it comes from, its powers, and meanings. To read a very thorough history of the stone check out gemstone.org The Amethyst.

Today Amethyst Jewelry comes in many varieties and styles ranging from your ultra clear faceted gemstone pendants, and ring stones to the more rough cuts directly out of the earth. It also varies in color from very pale pink, to deep opaque purple. Amethyst is also the birth stone associated with February and is associated with the astrological signs of Pisces, Aries, Sagittarius, and Aquarius.

Amethyst is rated a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, where a diamond is rated 10. This makes Amethyst a great stone for jewelry. It is mostly mined from South America, but has major veins all over the world.

We have lots of Amethyst necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and earrings. Simply use our search box to the left and look for Amethyst and you will see all of our jewelry that has Amethyst in it.

These are our designers top picks for our Amethyst collection.
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