Fine grade amethyst points, fascinatingly translucent and boasting a tantalizing rich purple colour. These polished minerals are individually priced so choose the amethyst point that you'd like from the drop down list before proceeding to checkout. The details of the piece on the left of our photo is listed first followed by the one in the centre and lastly the amethyst point on the right.
Throughout history the colour purple has been used to denote wealth and power hence it has long been associated with royalty. The book of Exodus states that God instructed Moses to have the Israelites bring an offering which included purple cloth, in the hours before his crucifixion the Romans dressed Jesus in purple to mock his claim of being King of the Jews' and in more recent times, King Henry VIII introduced sumptuary laws for different classes in society which documented who was permitted to wear purple coloured fabrics. Some of world's finest amethyst gemstones have been set into royal jewellery collections from Ancient Egypt to the British Crown Jewels and even in today's society, the colour is deemed to be slightly more exclusive and regal.
Prior to 1856 it was only possible to create the colour of amethyst using natural dyes hence the process of making it was long, difficult and expensive. The original colour known as Tyrian Purple was named after the Phoenician city of Tyre, modern day Lebanon and was made from the mucous of sea snails and a huge quantity was required to create the tiniest amount of dye. Roman mythology says the muricidae more commonly called murex sea snail was originally discovered by the dog of Hercules after he picked one up on the beach and his drool subsequently turned purple.
Amethyst which is the birthstone for the month of February is one of the most popular and well known varieties of the mineral quartz. One of our carefully chosen amethyst points would make a great gift for anyone who loves crystals, rocks and minerals and especially someone whose birthday also happens to be in February.