Beautiful Signed With The Makers Mark For Susan Berman Oval Cabochon Cut and Polished Gem AAA Quality Amethyst 18K Gold Ear Clips 21.5 Grams. They measure 15.4 mm x 12 mm. These are an exquisite pair of designer made 18K gold and amethyst ear clips in excellent condition. The Amethyst : It is one of the few stones that may be worn and will benefit any of the astrological signs. The Amethyst, a semi-precious stone in varying shades of purple which belongs to the quartz family and owes its color to oxide of manganese and iron which forms part of its composition. The best variety comes from Siberia, Ceylon, Brazil, and Persia. The Amethyst was originally regarded as a very precious stone, until the immense quantities received from Brazil efficacy in restraining intoxication says: “It also represses evil thoughts and all excesses, prevents contagion, and gives good understanding of hidden things, making a man vigilant and expert in business.” The Amethyst has always been associated with ecclesiastical decorations, its frequent use in Episcopal rings giving rise to its description as “the Bishop’s Stone”, and rosaries of Amethyst beads were much in request in olden times to attract soothing influences in times of stress and to confer a pious calm on their wearers. In religious art it was regarded as emblematic of resignation under earthly sufferings, patience in sorrow, and trust unto death, which Marbodus expresses in verse: “On high the Amethyst is set In color like the violet, With flames as if of gold it glows, and far its purple radiance throws; The humble heart it signifies Of him who in the Savior dies.” During the Middle Ages the powers attributed to it were many. It indicated the presence of poison by becoming dim, also personal danger and ill-health by changing color; it was, moreover considered to give vigilance to business men, and to sportsmen and soldiers calmness in danger. The Amethyst is the stone of St. Valentine, who is said to have always worn it; and in the days of romance and chivalry, if presented by a lady to her knight, or a bride to her husband in the shape of a heart set in silver, it was said to confer the greatest possible earthly happiness on the pair who would be blessed with good fortune for the remainder of their lives. In connection with the soothing influence of this gem, it is interesting to note that according to modern research purple light rays have been found to exercise a calming effect upon nervous and hysterical patients and a consequent improvement in the vitality. Cases of neuralgia and sleeplessness have been relieved by an Amethyst rubbed gently over the temples. It is one of the very few gems that may universally be worn without adverse results. The Amethyst is considered a very fortunate stone for people born during the astrological sign of Pisces. From the earliest dawn of history the properties of this stone was an antidote to inebriety have been recognized, by all writers, the name originating from a Greek word meaning “without intoxication”, and according to Aristotle it was also the name of a beautiful nymph who invoked the aid of Diana to protect her from the attentions of Bacchus, which the Goddess did by converting her into a precious gem, upon which Bacchus, in remembrance of his love, gave the stone its color and the quality of preserving its wearers from the noxious influence of wine. The Egyptians used these stones freely for Talismans, their soldiers wearing them as Amulets for success in their exploits and calmness in danger. Pliny says the Magi believed that if the Symbols of the Sun and Moon were engraved upon the Amethyst it made a powerful charm against witchcraft, and procured for its wearer’s success to their petitions, good luck, and the favor of those in authority.