is a violet purple variety of quartz. The name comes from the Greek expression
'a methustos' meaning "not drunk". Amethyst was considered to be a strong
antidote for drunkenness, which is why wine goblet often was made out of
In mythologi, it said that the Greek god of wine, Dionysus, was courting a
maiden named Amethystos, but she rejected him. She prayed to the gods to remain
chaste, and the goddess Artemis responded by turning her into a white stone.
Humbled by Amethystos desire Dionysus poured wine over the stone as a offering,
and the white crystals were stained purple.
In the Middle Ages soldiers weared amethysts in combat as it is believed to have
a healing property and beads of amethyst were found in graves in England. The
most common finding places for amethyst are Brazil, but it is also found in
Uruguay and Madagascar. In Sweden, amethyst have been used as gemstones at least
since the Viking times.
stands for happiness, strength and health.
is a form of quartz, characterised by its translucency and the presence of platy
mineral inclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect termed
aventurescence. The most common colour of aventurine is green, but it may also
be orange, brown, yellow, blue, or gray. Chrome-bearing fuchsite (a variety of
muscovite mica) is the classic inclusion, and gives a silvery green or blue
sheen. Oranges and browns are attributed to hematite or goethite.
Aventurine is found in various locations in Brazil, Chile, India, the former
Soviet Union and Spain. The majority of the green and blue-green aventurines are
derived from Mysore and Madras, India. The name aventurine derives from the
Italian "a ventura" meaning "by chance". This is an allusion to the lucky
discovery of aventurine glass or goldstone at some point in the 18th century.
Although it was known first, goldstone is now a common imitation of aventurine
quartzes, Aventurine promote your health. It stands for happiness, money and