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Améthyste /Amethyst 2

L’améthyste est une variété de quartz violet (dioxyde de silicium), diaphane à translucide dont la teinte est due aux traces de fer. Ce minéral est utilisé en joaillerie et classé comme pierre fine.

Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the Ancient Greek a- ("not") and 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.

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Taken on January 27, 2010