South America, Brazil, millions and millions of years old. A tall, narrow section of amethyst (purple quartz) and white/clear quartz crystals from the interior lining of a large geode; the shape gives it the appearance of a stained glass window in a cathedral. The name of this popular purple gemstone is Greek in origin and means "not drunken." Some scholars suggest that this was due to the belief that Amethyst had the power to stave off the effects of alcohol; however, most believe that the Greeks were probably referring to the near wine-like hue of some amethyst stones. Size: 9.5" W x 19.5" H (24.1 cm x 49.5 cm)
Provenance: private Illinois, USA collection
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