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Amethyst

Birthstone:
February

Wedding anniversary:
6th and 17th

Origin:
Africa, South America

Chemical Formula:
SiO₂

Mineral:
Beryl

MOHS Hardness Scale:
5.5-6.5

Healing Properties:              
Increases nobility, Spiritual awareness, Psychic abilities, Inner peace and healing, Healing of body, mind & soul, Positive transformation, Meditation, Balance, Relieves stress, Communication

History and Myth:
According to Greek mythology, Amethyst was a young virgin who became the object of wrath of the Greek God Dionysus after he became intoxicated with red wine. When Amethyst cried out to Goddess Diana for help, she immediately turned the girl into a white, shimmering stone (quartz). When Dionysus realized what had happened and felt remorse for his actions, his tears dripped into his goblet of red wine. The goblet overturned, and the red wine spilled all over the white rock, saturating it until it became the purple quartz that is now known as Amethyst.

St. Valentine The patron of romantic love wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.

Camillo Leonardi, the astrologer, wrote that amethyst quickens intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts.

In ancient Greece, it was believed that if you wore an amethyst it would protect you from getting drunk.

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