The name Amethyst comes from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning "not intoxicated." The jewel was named so according to a Greek myth. The wine god Bacchus, angry over an insult, said that the first person he should meet up with would be eaten by tigers. The unfortunate maiden who he ran into was named Amethyst. The goddess Diana protected her by turning her into a clear crystal. Bacchus regretted his brutality and poured his wine over the crystal, turning it into the lovely violet hue we all know and love. This story has helped establish the belief that amethyst can be worn as protection from inebriation and to strengthen clear headedness.
This ring has been converted from an element on an antique bracelet, using an antique replica 14 karat shank. The original gold setting on the ring top is 18 karat, and supports a beautifully faceted brilliant cut amethyst that catches the light, even in the dark! For all who love purple; for all who love sparkle - slide it on your finger and enjoy all the oohs and aahs!
Size (can be resized): 7.5
Dimensions: Ring top is 13mm x 11mm
Weight: 3.18 grams
Materials: Gold, amethyst
Metal: 18K gold (top); 14K gold (shank)
Marks: 14K (on shank)
Condition: Excellent antique condition and contemporary shanks.