Been a while-
And this beaut has been hard to capture with the camera
Good light last evening to show the subtle purple tint to this slab of
It was plucked out of a dodgy twenty foot cliff of alluvial deposits
In the bowmont valley-scottish side of the border.
The crystals have formed in a fault in the rock.
The brown tinge to some is where the end of the rock has had a hole
and water has got in leaving the oxidisation stain
I thought it was citrine when I first gingerly tapped it with a hammer-
Eroded out of the parent rock by glacial action
Dumped in the valley floor
re exposes by flood waters
Found by me
Cracked in half
And here it is.
Following info from wiki source
Ancient Greeks considered amethyst a powerful anti intoxicant
The word amethystos can be translated as ‘not intoxicated’.
They wore and made goblets from amethyst believing that it kept
You upright when mashed.
Medieval soldiers wore amethyst amulets
Believing in its healing powers and ability to keep people cool headed...
Personally I’m with the Viking beserkers-tan some fly agarics and get get to work.
(Not a good idea really)
The Egyptians valued it highly.
The Romans carved intaglios from it-that would be a good eyes only find
And so it goes on
Admittedly my example isn’t mega purple or muckle crystals
But it’ll do till I find another.
Cheers for staying awake
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