am·​e·​thyst | \ˈa-mə-thəst, -(ˌ)thist\

Definition of amethyst 

1a : a clear purple or bluish-violet variety of crystallized quartz that is often used as a jeweler's stone

b : a deep purple variety of corundum

2 : a moderate purple

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amethystine \ ˌa-​mə-​ˈthis-​tən \ adjective

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Gems were once believed to have magical qualities. An amethyst, for example, was supposed to have the power to prevent or cure drunkenness in its wearer. For this reason the Greeks gave it the name amethystos, which comes from the prefix a-, meaning “not,” and methyein “to be drunk.”

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Additionally, amethyst offers protection by clearing negative energies from a space. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Magickal Healing Crystals and What They Do," 9 Apr. 2018 Bangles in the store’s online catalog range in price from an antique amethyst and seed pearl ring for $950 to a 10.37 carat emerald cut diamond platinum engagement ring for $425,000. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Stockbroker Turned Jeweler, Dies at 76," 29 May 2018 There’s a ton of amethyst up there, quartz, and all kind of minerals. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Where to Find Your Own Crystals in the Wilds of the United States," 30 Mar. 2018 On the darker side of the spectrum, there's smoked velvet hair, which is a rich amethyst hue. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Taro Bubble Tea and Smoked Velvet Are the Two Coolest Purple Hair Colors for Spring," 15 Mar. 2018 To date, the most expensive Peekaboo is the Fendi Gems Mini Peekaboo in white croco, white gold, diamonds, rubies and amethysts. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Fendi Peekaboo Turns 10," 20 Apr. 2018 The spa and fitness center features state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and treatments such as frangipani salt scrubs, sweet orchid body nectar wraps, and amethyst crystal sound baths. Veronica Stoddart, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Expedition Ships: Small but Mighty Appealing," 14 June 2018 More wearable, perhaps, is a pendant in 14-karat yellow gold, topped with a round cabochon amethyst and ending in 19 pave-set full-cut round diamonds. Fortune, "Prince's Purple-Sequined Jumpsuit Among Items Set for Auction," 17 May 2018 Liza Kindred, the event’s host, closes the lid and sets an amethyst crystal on top. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "Tech Addiction and the Business of Mindfulness," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of amethyst

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amethyst

Middle English amatiste, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethystos, literally, remedy against drunkenness, from a- + methyein to be drunk, from methy wine — more at mead

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English Language Learners Definition of amethyst

: a clear purple or bluish-purple stone that is used as a gem

: a medium purple color


am·​e·​thyst | \ˈa-mə-thəst \

Kids Definition of amethyst

: a clear purple or bluish violet quartz used as a gem

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