Hello everyone! As most of you know, the new year has been not so good for me. My graphic system was down for a month, and I was really missing creating. It was fixed yesterday, and we are sailing through now, Thank Goodness!! My mom lost everything she owned for the second time in her life this month and was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. It is a miracle that they survived, they were asleep when the fire started. I have been traveling back and forth (an hour each way) to help her and get things back on track. They have found a new apartment they will stay in until they are able to sell of the land and buy a new house. We are all really thankful that they are safe, and that my animal brothers and sisters were rescued.
Soooooo, anyway, Amethyst is finally finished for you guys. I am sooooo sorry for the delay, I appreciate your patience and understanding, and I look forward to creating like crazy for you guys. I couldn't make this post without adding the "InterestingFacts" section, though, so, here we go, Interesting facts about the Amethyst:
Amethyst is one of the many varieties of quartz. It's beautiful color is caused by traces of iron, giving amethyst a range of colors from almost white to deep purple. Amethyst has been used as a gemstone for thousand of years. It was highly prized in ancient times used by the Babylonians, Egyptians, and the Greeks and Romans. These ancient people carved it into many things including cups, charms, vases, jewelry, and amulets.
Amethyst is found in many places like most quartz minerals. Fine amethysts are found in Brazil, Namibia, Russia, India, Zambia, and in Uruguay, where it is the national gem. There is also many deposits here in the U.S.A. such as, Virginia, Montana, Maine, Yellowstone National Park, and the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan. Amethyst can also be found in North Carolina where there is a mine open to the public so you can find your own.
Many powers have been associated with amethyst through the ages. The Hebrews believed it induced good dreams, in the Middle Ages amethyst was a symbol of celibacy and piety, Leonardo da Vinci wrote that it 'dissipates evil thoughts and quickens the intelligence'. The strangest power amethyst supposedly possessed was that of the Greeks who believed it to be an antidote for drunkenness.