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 headed-ness. Like a vibrant, luxurious bed of deep purple violets, the amethyst in this vintage ring flourishes amid a ring of 18 karat gold leaves punctuated with golden boules. Slip her on your finger, and become lost in the purple glow of your own delightful amethyst garden!
Size (can be resized): 6.5
Dimensions: Ring top is 24mm x 21mm; Amethyst is 16.9mm x 15mm x 9,1mm
Weight: 10.4 grams
Materials: Gold, amethyst
Metal: 18K gold
Marks: 750 68 687
Condition: Very good vintage condition; amethyst is slightly abraded on facets.