|Big gorgeous hunk of amethyst Kay collected from the Reel Mine about 20 years ago - see more of it by clicking here|
Its name comes from a Greek phrase that means, literally, "not drunk." The ancient Greeks named it that because they believed that it prevented people from getting drunk, or at least from feeling the effects of alcohol over-consumption. They not only wore lots of amethysts, they carved cups and bowls and goblets out of the stuff as drinking vessels for alcohol. Hardcore drinkers, those ancient Greeks.
|ancient Greek drinking vessel carved of amethyst|
|1950s carved amethysts & freshwater pearls necklace|