bohemian etched necklace with amethyst
This one-of-a-kind design features a hand-cut brass pendant, which I hand-etched with an intricate grid design. A polished amethyst cabochon is nestled within a brass bezel. Finished with a complementing drop, which I hand-etched and completed with a smaller polished amethyst cabochon. Full pendant measures approximately 3 inches in length. Finished with a 27-inch long brass chain.
Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” and comes from an ancient legend. The wine god Bacchus, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself decreed the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal happened to be a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. As the ferocious beasts sprang, she sought the protection of the goddess and was saved by being turned into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, giving the gem its lovely purple hue.