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This is a lovely natural raw Amethyst pendant dipped/electroplated in 18k gold. It is approx. 1 1/2" long, including the bail. Bacchus, the god of wine, declared in a rage that the first person he passed would be eaten by tigers. This turns out to be a beautiful maiden named Amethyst. The goddess Diana quickly turned Amethyst into a white stone to save her from the tigers. Regretting his anger, Bacchus poured red wine over the stone as an offering to Diana, turning the stone purple. Amethyst has long been associated with relieving hangovers, or curing drunkenness, probably as a result of its wine-like color and the Bacchus tale. It is said to be a stone of peace and strength. It is also the birthstone for February, and is associated with the signs of Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius, and Capricorn. This is a beautiful specimen -- quite the focal piece for your most special designs.