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By BarbaraR
Hi all,
Today's upload is of a close up of Amethyst crystals.
Once considered a real gem stone but after large finds in Brazil,
downgraded to semi-precious.
A pretty coloured form of quartz often used in jewellery.
The ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication !
The worked stone has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs;
while Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle the reason for this being that amethysts are believed to heal people and keep them cool-headed. Beads of amethyst have been found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England.
Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February.

Many thanks for the Clicks and fun comments on the sulphur 'cauli' Wink

Barbara Smile

Tags: Macro Rock Crystal Geology Amethyst Wildlife and nature

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Jan 2012 12:17PM
Ah, this is the one I was hoping you might be able to show, Barbara: the colours in the amethyst are so beautiful and I like the way the light here is catching on the various faces of the crystals.
Completely filling the frame too......very nicely done.

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Jan 2012 12:37PM
Another beauty, Barbara, and a very informative write-up. A super frame-filler. Carol
29 Jan 2012 12:57PM
Good shot and excellent write up
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
29 Jan 2012 1:24PM
Such interesting info about one of my top favourite gemstones, semi precious or otherwise! Very good details of your lovely piece of Amethyst.

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
29 Jan 2012 2:03PM
Nice colour in this. - gary
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 3:22PM
Yet another beauty ....
9 10 10 England
29 Jan 2012 4:57PM
What beautiful colours and such interesting information.
29 Jan 2012 5:15PM
Lovely tones in an attractive image.

29 Jan 2012 7:08PM
Love the tones and lighting catching on the stones..Lin
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
29 Jan 2012 7:32PM
Cheers all Smile
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2012 12:24PM
Great close up, loving the colours

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