Amethyst: The Sobriety Stone That Rids You Of Intoxication

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Natural amethyst has been attributed for centuries to rid the human desire for alcohol and other toxic effects. In addition to it's beautiful transparent purple amethyst is nearly as hard as quartz which makes it very suitable for use in jewelry and other stone-craft. It is the birthstone of those born in February. Romans believed that amethyst would guard against drunkenness -- often crafting their drinking goblets out of amethyst to protect them and their loved ones from overindulgence. 

The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” and comes from an ancient legend. The wine god Bacchus, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself decreed the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal happened to be a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. As the ferocious beasts sprang, she sought the protection of the goddess and was saved by being turned into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, giving the gem its lovely purple hue.

Amethyst was also reputed to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence and render men shrewd in business matters. For travelers it was worn as a protection from treachery and surprise attacks, kept soldiers from harm and gave them victory over their enemies. It lent assistance to hunters in the capture of wild beasts and fowl, and was considered to be a powerful psychic stone of protection against witchcraft and black magic. Like other royal stones it protected its wearer from disease and contagion.

For reasons of its purple color, in the middle ages only people of noble birth were allowed to wear Amethyst jewelry. Amethyst always played a key role in various cultures throughout history and was highly valued by the ancient Egyptians, the Hebrews and the Christian Church.

Product details:

Length: 5-6cm (approx 2-2.5 inches) width: 4-5cm

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Some amethyst can be darker or lighter in color as each piece is unique in its own way. Please check photos to see. 

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