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Traditional Gem(s): Amethyst, Onyx
Modern Gem(s): Amethyst
The folklore attached to the amethyst associates it with sobriety,
tranquility, protection and peace. This birthstone as also been linked to improving the skin and preventing baldness, as well as protection from deceit.
AMETHYST A member of the quartz family, amethysts can vary from pale lavender to deep violet in colour. The deeper the shade, the more valuable the stone; the finest are a rich purple, flashing with hints of red.
Used from antiquity for bishops' rings and for crucifixes, amethysts were also popular with the Georgians and early Victorians. They fell out of favour until the early 20th century, when they were a favourite stone of art nouveau designers, who combined them with opals and moonstones
for a delicate, moonlit effect. Glass imitations lack warmth and are generally a vivid mauve in colour.
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