your soul-piercing eyes intoxicate

heeding not my amethyst armour

your honeyed words inebriate

whether villainous snake or charmer

~Melanie Blackwell

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Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the Ancient Greek  a- (“not”) and μέθυστος methustos(“intoxicated”), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. It is one of several forms of quartz. Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and is the traditional birthstone for February.


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11 responses to “Amethyst

  1. One of my favorites and it’s good for headaches, other things too but try it for that next time you get one.

  2. Very nicely done! You managed to capture the “protection against drunkenness/intoxication” belief here perfectly!

    • Thak you! What is funny is the thing that pooped in my head was amethyst armor… i looked up amethyst to find the picture and discovered how perfectly fitting it was…the rest of the poem flowed after that 🙂

  3. laurie27wsmith

    Lovely crystal, I have a point that is the size of an orange.

  4. Lovely poem, for my favourite gemstone!

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