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Amethyst: a #purple stone brings calmness and clarity, helps you to get in touch with your intuition. @catwisdom101

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Once considered more valuable than diamonds, Amethyst is a member of the quartz family, occurring naturally as crystals within rocks.

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Amethyst : This highly spiritual/healing stone is associated with The Christ Consciousness and the Violet Flame of Transmutation. Amethyst helps one tune into a higher awareness of knowing.

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The birthstone for February is amethyst. Amethyst was as expensive as ruby and emerald until the 19th Century, when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered. It was believed to prevent intoxication—amethystos means “not drunk” in ancient Greek. Today it is the most valued quartz variety and is in demand for designer pieces and mass-market jewelry alike. (info: gia.edu)

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Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, Arkansas (Pike County) is the only diamond mine in the world where visitors can dig for diamonds & keep what they find. An average of 2 diamonds a day are found, along with 40 other gemstones & minerals including amethyst, jasper, peridot, garnet, & quartz. The Strawn diamond (bottom) found in 1990 weighed 3.09 carats, 1.09 carats when cut - it's rated a perfect 0/0/0 & considered a one-in-a-billion stone. Valued at $34k, it's on display at the…

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An octagonal amethyst and diamond arrow pendant and chain, of Russian origin circa 1898 -1908.

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Victorian Silver Mounted Amethyst Coloured Glass Claret Jug - London, England c. 1838 - Reily & Storer

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Amethyst was considered equal in value to diamond, ruby or emerald, until the mid 19th century when vast Amethyst deposits were discovered in Brazil, collapsing the market. It remains relatively affordable gemstone to this day, except for exceptionally rare stones from Russia, also known as “Deep Russians”.

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