Monday, September 9, 2013

Rock Trivia: Amethyst

Amethyst is the stone of February and Pisces. It is a variety of quartz and owes its color to iron impurities and the presence of trace elements.
Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was often used in antiquity for... intaglio engraved gems. ( see picture)
The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication, while medieval soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed. Beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England.

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