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Amethyst is the gem of sobriety and peace. Its name comes from the Greek 'amethystos' which means 'not drunken.' They served wine in amethyst goblets during long banquets because they believed this wine-colored gem had the power to keep guests sober. Since the middle ages, Bishop''s rings have been set with amethyst as a symbol of piety and celibacy. Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethyst has the power to protect against evil thoughts and to sharpen the intelligence. Tibetan Buddhists use amethyst rosaries to enhance the peace and tranquility of meditation. The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from...

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