Amethyst, in saturated purple color, from Bolivia.
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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.
Single amethyst crystals can be huge: the GIA Museum displayed a doubly terminated crystal that weighed 164 pounds.
Amethyst is the official gemstone of the province of Ontario, Canada.
Amethyst rings are traditionally worn by Bishops; some believe that amethyst brings good luck to petitioners.