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This necklace has an Old World, almost Victorian feel about her, but with attitude! She's elegant and sophisticated, but certainly not one of your Great Grandmothers boring necklaces-unless she was a delightful eccentric!

So, here's what we have: The pendant features a gorgeous Amethyst set in Sterling Silver with a beautiful floral motif and floral filigree work in the Silver. The Amethyst is substantial. The pendant length, including bail, is just under 2", with a width of 1.25". Not overbearing, but not shy either.

The necklace is obscene amounts of Thai Karen Hill Tribe Silver and more Amethyst. The length is 20".

History, myth. legend and lore:

Amethyst is said to cure hangovers, bring spiritual wisdom, and even capture wild beasts, which may be particularly helpful if you are raising young children.

The origins of amethyst name and even explanation for some of its healing properties have been founded in the Greek mythology surrounding this semi-precious stone. Amethyst's origin resides with the god Dionysus (Bacchus) and the goddess Diana. Dionysus, the god of wine, celebration, intoxication and joviality, found insult by a mortal who had refused him acknowledgement. Enraged with anger Dionysus vowed to unleash his fury upon all mortals who did not partake in his gifts of wine and drunkenness. He immediately spotted a young maiden named Amethyst who was pure and unfamiliar with being intoxicated. The unsuspecting young virgin, who was on her way to pay homage to the goddess Diana, was detained by the wrathful god. Dionysus summoned two fiercely voracious tigers to devour the youth and sat back with his wine to watch. Amethyst cried out to Diana. When Diana saw what was about to transpire she quickly transformed the young mortal into a glimmering pure white stone (quartz) to protect her from the vicious wrath of Dionysus. Moved with pity Dionysus realized the ruthlessness of his actions and began to weep with sorrow. As the tears dripped into his goblet Dionysus collapsed and the tear-tainted wine ran out onto the stone from the tipped cup. The white stone then absorbed the color from the wine creating the stone now called amethyst.

Egyptians tied amethyst to the zodiac sign of Capricorn, the goat that tore apart vineyards and therefore was the enemy of drunkenness.

The cure of hangovers is tied to Bacchus' relationship to wine. Wear an amethyst, they believed, and it would protect you from that breathalyzer when you were pulled off your chariot on your way home from the party at the temple.

The Egyptians also held that if you were to tie amethyst around your neck with the hairs of a peacock and features of a sparrow, you'd be protected from sorcery and cured of gout.

Amethyst is one of original gems on the breastplate of the Biblical priest, Aaron, representing and inscribed with the name one of the twelve tribes of Israel. John, in Revelations, lists amethyst as one of his twelve "foundation" gems as well. Each of these twelve was inscribed with the name of an apostle.

Amethyst is the last stone, representing Matthias, who took Judas' position. Matthias was said to be filled with celestial fire. John states that the gem represents the humility of the saints who are like burning flame, looking at love. The transformational element of a flame, burning pure violet, again links amethyst's spiritual work. The Guardian Angel Adnachiel spirit is associated with Amethyst, as well.

Saint Valentine was thought to wear a ring set with an antique Amethyst carved with an image of Cupid, and the twelfth foundation of the Holy City was built of amethyst.

The color purple has associated with higher spiritual consciousness and transformation not just among flaky new age practitioners living in Sedona, but also as illustrated by the vestments worn by priests in the Catholic Church. The protective concept of amethyst might be tied to the idea that being on a spiritual journey offers some safety from certain worldly influences.

Though Amethyst is placed as February's birthstone in most modern lists, the Hindu mystics in Vedic astrology believes amethyst was the gemstone of Pisces. Amethyst is also the gemstone for the 6th anniversary of marriage.

The stone is included in royal collections all over the world, from ancient Egypt to the British crown jewels. The Smithsonian has an amethyst that weighs 400 pounds!

Consider that the crystalline structure of amethyst is hexagonal, and therefore its nature is associated with the number six. Two triangles are brought together to form a new shape. According to tradition, the number six is represents Solomon's seal-a way of mediating and coming to resolution and balance after indecision.

The name amethyst derives from the ancient Greek word amethustos, meaning sober. It was said that an amethyst could prevent the bearer from becoming excessively drunk and also instills a sober and serious mind. It was believed that if a person drank from a cup or goblet made entirely of amethyst, he or she would not get drunk at all.

Amethyst has been thought to have many attributes throughout history, and all of them are good. The stone was thought to control evil thoughts, quicken intelligence, make a shrewd man in business, preserve soldiers from battle wounds, aid the warrior to victory, help the hunter in search of his game, protect the wearer from contagious diseases, and put demons to flight if the figure of a bear is inscribed on the jewel.

Amethyst was known as a gem that would bring forth the highest, purest aspirations of human kind. Chastity, sobriety, and control over one’s thoughts were all attributes heightened by wearing the stone. The gem would guard against the anger of passion, and the violent or base nature of its wearer. The stone encouraged calm, bravery, and contemplation.

Historically, the stone was believed to assist prophecy and visions and to bring riches and powers to its owners. It has always been associated with the civil and religious classes that have ruled human cultures. In the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, the amethyst enhances the wealth corner focusing on the giving and receiving of material wealth. At the highest level, amethyst bestows the spiritual understanding required to reach the state of bliss. It is associated with the crown chakra at the top of the head where divine essence enters. It is a good stone to solve discord, suggested for children and warring relatives.

In Renaissance magic, an amethyst engraved with the image of a bear was worn as a protective amulet. In Graeco-Roman times, rings of amethyst set in bronze were worn as charms against evil, and magical cups carved from amethyst banished sorrow and evil from all who drank.

The 'Passion of Purple', Amethyst symbolizes miraculous powers: power, peace, protection and spirituality. It is a gemstone that has always been associated with intense emotions and therefore fitting that the tale of its creation be one of revenge, devotion and immortal remorse.

In ancient times, Amethyst was believed to prevent intoxication and became the gemstone for 'sobriety'. Its name is derived from the Greek word, 'amethystos' which translates as 'not intoxicated'. The ancient Greeks actually fashioned wine glasses from the mineral! One of the first gemstones used by mankind for personal adornment - the Egyptians actually used amethyst charms, seals and beads as early in time as 3100 BC. The Amethyst ring worn by St.Valentine was engraved with a cupid, thus wearing an Amethyst ring is said to bring 'true love' to its wearer.

After that I may keep this, and every other Amethyst I can find, for myself!

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Amethyst Pendant and Necklace, February Birthstone, 6th Anniversary, Amethyst Necklace, Career Womans Necklace, Gift for Mom, Social Event

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Amethyst, Thai Hill Tribe Silver, Bali Silver, Sterling Silver
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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