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Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz. Purple has long been considered a royal color, so it is not surprising that fine amethysts were favored by Egyptian royalty, are featured in the British Crown Jewels, and were a favorite of Catherine the Great. The name Amethyst comes from Greek "Amethustos", meaning “not drunken”. Ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.

Amethyst with scepter / Africa

Rocks Of Africa .:. Amethyst Quartz Group... from

A Victorian amethyst and diamond brooch Pinched claw set with a circular mixed-cut amethyst to a border of old brilliant-cut diamonds, gold and silver mounted, total diamond weight approximately 1.80ct, diameter 2.4cm.

Bonhams : A Victorian amethyst and diamond brooch

AMETHYST AND DIAMOND BRACELET Set with 6 emerald-cut amethysts separated by arched links set with calibré-cut amethysts and pavé-set round diamonds, the total diamond weight approximately 6.90 carats, mounted in rose gold and platinum

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An octagonal-cut amethyst of 36.20 ct from the National Gem Collection, photo by Chip Clark