Individually chosen rough amethyst points from our collection of crystals, rocks and minerals. Each of these translucent points is wonderfully unique and the amount of colour that's present varies from piece to piece. The purple colouration in amethyst is the result of impurities of iron and manganese and being able to see the transformation from whitish grey quartz to purple amethyst, is really quite fascinating.
These amethyst crystals are individually priced so choose the piece that you'd like to purchase from the drop down list before proceeding to checkout. The details of the stone in the top left of our photo is listed first then moving clockwise, the one immediately to its right is next, followed by the one underneath and finally the amethyst crystal in the lower left of the photo.
Amethyst is a natural mineral which has for thousands of years been highly sought after because of its unmistakable colour. Purple is quite unique in that it's the colour that's most often associated with royalty, wealth, magic and religion. Here's a few more facts about amethyst which may surprise you:
- Prior to 1856 purple could only be produced from natural dyes
- It first appeared about during the Neolithic Age and paintings of animals and the outline of human hands have been found on walls of caves in France. The dye was created from sticks of manganese and hematite powder and works have been dated to about 16,000 to 25,000 years BC
- In the 15th century BC purple dye was being produced from the mucous (not to be confused with mucus) of the murex sea snail which is also known as purple dye murex. Thousands of these medium sized predatory molluscs were needed to make the tiniest quantity of dye
- Throughout history the colour purple has only been allowed to be worn by royalty, aristocracy and other wealthy and powerful members of society. Periodically laws have been put in place to prevent commoners from wearing the colour
- In the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament God instructs Moses to have the Israelites bring him an offering which includes cloth of blue, purple and scarlet
- The colour was originally known as tyrian purple and was named after the Phoenician city of Tyre, modern day Lebanon
- In an experiment conducted in 2008 an attempt was made to recreate tyrian purple using the original formula. 12,000 sea snails created just 1.4 ounces of dye and to put that into perspective, it was just enough to colour a piece of material the size of a handkerchief
- Prior to his crucifixion, Jesus was dressed in purple cloth by the Romans to mock his claim of being King of the Jews
Even in today's society purple is considered to be a slightly more exclusive colour and having been popular for thousands of years, amethyst continues to be one of the most highly sought after of all gemstones.