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Wonder in Stone - Amethyst

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       So you're at a pAmethyst Pendant in Gold-filled wirearty, right; one of those "back in the woods" parties where a campfire is burning and everybody's bags and blankets lay all about upon the ground.  They're all drinkin' and stumblin' and bein' loud.  Someone throws you a can of beer.  "Party up man."  He says in a slow low tone.  You hold it for a moment in your hand and twist it around with your fingers contemplating whether you want it or not.  You decide you don't need this for your fun, so you give it a couple of hard shakes and toss it.  Beer is spraying all over the place and the can is dancing in the grass.  That was entertaining you think, so you pick up another can and do it again.  It puts on the same act.  Good show, you think but never like the first, the first time is always the best.

       Now you're thinking everyone you've met at this party is a complete fool.  They're stumbling around, yelling into the darkness and mumbling insensible stuff.  Suddenly you're enjoying this.  You've determined that they're all mere actors who have come for the sole purpose to entertain you; and you are thrilled to have presented to you this unpredictably senseless comedy.  It makes you feel something like royalty.

       They all appear to be committed to drunkenness and are now sprawled out Amethyst Pendant in sterling silver wireupon the mass of bags and blankets.  This show is over, so a new show begins.  You watch the sky change from bright orange to red to pink to violet and finally to a deep purple.  After the previous show, it seems to have a calming, settling effect.  It feels like something supernatural.  You poke a stick into the deep red coals of what was a fire and watch bright sparks fly up into the air.  You drag your bag out from underneath some slumbered citizen, open its top and crawl inside, then count glittering stars until your eyes quit trying and you're no longer aware that they are there.  


Amethyst Pendant in Gold-filled wire




HARDNESS: 7     

DENSITY: 2.65   


- COMPOSITION: Silicon dioxide tainted with iron impurity. 

- COLOR/DESCRIPTION: Light to dark purple.  Amethyst is quartz crystal naturally colored purple by trace amounts of ferric iron. 

- LOCATION/ORIGIN: Many locations, most commonly Brazil.  Amethyst crystallizes usually out of volcanic cooling processes filling cavities and vugs in basalt and rhyolite. 

- HISTORY/FOLKLORE/USES: Its name is derived from the Greek amethustos (not drunken).  According to French literature, the god Bacchus was once offended and so determined that the first mortal he should meet, passing his way, should be devoured by tigers.  This person happened to be a pure and beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to the shrine of the goddess Diana.  As the ferocious beasts sprang toward her, she called upon the goddess who saved her by turning her into a pure white stone.  Bacchus, then remorseful and repentant for his foolish demand, poured the juice of the grape as a libation over the petrified body of the maiden giving to the stone a violet hue.

     It was believed to have a sobering effect upon the drunken and to help one overcome alcoholism and physical passion.  In the fifteenth century, Amethyst was thought to have power to control evil desires, quicken intelligence, make one shrewd in business, preserve soldiers from harm and bring victory in battle.  It was also recommended to hunters for the capture of wild animals.

- EMOTION/MOOD: Emotional balance, meditation, soothes the mind and gives focus; promotes love of God and selflessness; dispels rage, anger, fear and anxiety; helps relieve physical and emotional pain. 

- OCCUPATION: Dancer, Gardener, Optometrist, Professor.  .

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General References:

Pough, Frederick. 1983. Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals.

        Houghton Mifflin Co.

Mottana, Annibale; Crespi, Rodolfo; and Liborio, Giuseppe. 1978. Simon & Shuster’s

      Guide to Rocks and Minerals. Simon & Shuster Inc.

Sullivan, Kevin. 1987. The Crystal Handbook. Armadillo Press.

Note: Minor sources may include, but are not limited to a variety of printed and online sources. “An Amethyst Tale” is an original story by Steven A. Barben – author of this blog.


Steven A. Barben shares stories from his book - Wisdom's Way: Tales, Treasures, Truths in "Wisdom in Story;" provides stone information  and tales that typify emotions, moods, and personality or character symbols of various stones in "Wonder in Stone;" and clears confusion, raises awareness, and opens stone, gem and jewelry understanding in "Stone Truth."


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