Did you know that amethyst was originally one of the cardinal gemstones*, along with ruby, sapphire, emerald, and diamond?💜
Here are a few more fun facts about this purple gem:
💜The Ancient Greeks believed Amethyst prevented drunkenness, which is how this gemstone got its name. The Greek word “amethystos” literally translates to “not intoxicated”.
💜Amethyst was considered a symbol of royalty in the Middle Ages and was used to decorate English regalia.
💜Since Amethyst can be found in large sizes, the biggest factor in this gem’s value is the quality of the color displayed.
. . . 💎*A note about the cardinal/precious gemstones: Amethyst was demoted in the 18th century because a large deposit of the material was discovered in Brazil. 💎 “Precious” used to denote rarity but there are now quite a few “semi-precious” gems that are far more rare than ruby, emerald, sapphire, and diamond. 💎 The term “precious” doesn’t really have much meaning anymore, it continues to be used out of tradition. 💜In my opinion, all gems are precious and some happen to be extremely rare!💜
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