Whilst waiting for physical craft fairs to resume, Ive written this short blog to give some interesting information.
Purple Amethyst, the birthstone for February, has been highly prized throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe the mind and emotions. It has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god. It is also the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love.
Amethyst is a gem of beauty, whether its crystals are left natural, polished as tumblestones, or faceted into magnificent jewels. It is a variety of Quartz found in many locations around the world. It forms as transparent crystals of all sizes in geodes, clusters and as long single crystals. The presence of manganese in clear Quartz produces Amethyst, while additional amounts of iron vary the purple coloration.
Today it is classed as a semi-precious stone, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire.” A precious stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond.
Throughout history, the special virtue of Amethyst has been that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. A stone worn on the body, especially at the navel, was thought to have a sobering effect on over-indulgence and physical passion.
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