The name “amethyst” comes from the Greek, ‘amethystos‘, meaning “not intoxicated” (‘ἀ- a-, “not” and μεθύσκω ‘methysko‘ / μεθύω ‘methyo’, “intoxicate”). The ancient Greeks and Romans therefore believed that amethyst protected against inebriation and bad spells.
Roman Gold Earrings with Amethyst
A pair of Roman gold earrings featuring a central sun-ray discus, decorated with a pale amethyst. A gold trumpet-style drop hangs from the discus, termintating in another amethyst.
Provenance: Ex Astarte gallery, acquired between 1990-2000
Product Code: AH-562