Amethyst Raw Specimen

Amethyst Raw Specimen

SKU: RAW018

~ 60mm

The birthstone for the month of February, and the official gem for Wednesday, Jupiter and those born under the sign of Pisces, Amethyst is the name given to purple Quartz and its name is thought to have derived from the Greek word ‘Amethustos’, ‘a’ meaning ‘not’ and ‘methustos’ meaning ‘to intoxicate’. Many years ago, wealthy lords were said to pour water into amethyst goblets while their guests drank wine. The purple colour of the amethyst disguised the colour of the drink so the lord could look like he was drinking while still remaining sober. In ancient times it was also believed that you could save someone intoxicated from delirium if you mixed crushed amethyst into their drink.

Greek mythology tells the story of Dionysus, the god of intoxication, and a young beautiful maiden, named Amethystos, who refused his advances. While Amethystos was on her way to pray to the goddess Diana, Dionysus, In madness, drawn by this longing, he tried to kill her by releasing ferocious tigers to attack her but before they could get to her, the Goddess Diana turned her into a clear quartz statue to protect her. Distraught at what he had almost done to Amethystos, Dionysus wept tears of wine turning the clear quartz purple, thus creating Amethyst.

Amethyst’s use in jewellery can be traced back as far as the Neolithic period (approximately 4,000 BC) and samples of it set into gold rings have been uncovered in burial sites from around 2,400 BC. The Ancient Egyptians worked amethysts into amulets as both a form of prayer and protection against harm. In the Old Testament, amethyst was one of the twelve stones representing the twelve tribes of Israel and also one of the twelve gemstones adorning the breastplate of the high priest Aaron. It’s been set into rings and worn by Bishops and Priests since the Middle Ages and highly prized by royalty with several pieces featured within the British Crown Jewels. Amethyst was also known as a personal favourite of Catherine the Great.

A crystal with intense energy, Leonardo da Vinci believed amethyst had the power to control evil thoughts and to enhance intelligence while the Hebrews named amethyst “ahlamah,” which means “dream.” as the stone was said to cause dreams and visions. Amethyst has been used to symbolize deep love, happiness, humility, sincerity and wealth and St Valentine, the patron saint of romantic love is said to have worn an Amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid. This led to Amethyst becoming February's birthstone.  Amethyst occurs in many shades, from pastel pinks to deep velvety purples, and can also be pleochroic meaning flashes of different colours such as Fuschia pinks and tanzanite blues can be witnessed at different angles when the stone interacts with the light.

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