The Tale of the Cursed Amethyst at the Natural History Museum in London

The tale of the cursed stone 🤭

Stephen Liddell

Whilst preparing for a tour tomorrow to the Natural History Museum in London, I thought I should do a reconnaisance sortie as well as a bit of research.  The museum is a work of art and shows what value Victorians placed on education.

IMG_0726The gigantic and palatial Natural History Museum

IMG_0728Like a doorway from the SIlk Road.

IMG_0811Hope – the 25.3 metre (77 feet?) Blue Whale.  So named as there used to be only 400 Blue Whales due to hunting but the ban in the 1960s and conservation work has raied this number to 20,000.  An indication of the hard work and importance of the Natural Museum for research and public education.

Amethysts were used as charms by the ancient Greeks to prevent drunkenness. Medieval European soldiers used amethyst amulets as protection in battle as they believed the gem heals people and keeps them cool-headed. But this one has a…

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