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Amethyst Genuine Gems gemstones Ring- Solid Silver Purple Amethyst Ring - Amethyst Ring, Solid Silver, Purple, handmade jewelry, Gemstone rings, anniversary day gift, solitaire ring, best seller, Ring handmade jewelry, Amethyst Genuine Gems, Ring christmas for mom **** In ancient times, amethyst was already being engraved and cut into sculptured forms, witness the b ust of Trajan which Napoleon captured in Berlin. Amethyst quartz, banded with whitish layers, is particularly good to work with, though it is only ever either translucent or opaque or somewhere in between. In earlier times, people liked to drink wine from amethyst cups, which brings us back to the stone's protective function against alcoholism. According to the ancient Greek saga, Diana turned a nymph whom Bacch us loved into an amethyst; hence the term Bacch us stone. Anyone wishing to protect a drunkard from delirium mixed some pulverised amethyst into the person's drink.