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Amethyst

Believed to quicken intelligence and dispel evil thoughts.



“Amethystos” means “not junk” in ancient Greek, because of its wine like color, early Greek legends associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. it was believed that wearing amethyst, a quartz, prevented drunkenness.

A member of the quartz family, amethyst comes in a variety of purple shades of varying intensity, from pale lilac to reddish or bluish violet to deep purple with red highlights. Amethyst is considered the most prized variety of quartz and it very affordable.

Russia was the major amethyst source until the 19th century, when a huge amethyst deposit was found in Brazil. The once scarce purple gem was suddenly in abundance. Today, the two major source for amethyst are South America and Africa. African mines provide most of the fine color amethyst on the market today.

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