German Democratic Republic postage stamp with amethyst - Stock image

Amethyst, East Germany, Geology, Horizontal, Mineral

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Stock photo ID:157764216
Upload date:December 03, 2012

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German Democratic Republic postage stamp with amethyst, a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the Ancient Greek ἀ 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
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