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Amethyst and crystal earrings with 925 sterling silver hooks. Handmade
Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone with a long history of use by many diverse cultures from the ancient Greeks to ancient Aztec peoples. In ancient times people believed amethysts would protect them against a number of evils, threats and maladies including snake bites and drunkenness. The word amethyst comes from the ancient Greek ‘amethystos’ which translates to mean ‘not intoxicated.’ Amethysts come in a number of different colours and can change colour if exposed to high temperatures.
Amethyst is the most valuable transparent, coarse-grained variety of the silica mineral quartz that is valued as a semiprecious gem for its violet color. It contains more iron oxide Fe2O3 than any other variety of quartz, and experts believe that its color arises from its iron content. Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Siberia, Canada, India, Bolivia, and Argentina and some African countries.
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