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Another outstanding polished amethyst point from our carefully chosen collection of crystals, rocks and minerals. The variation in colour that can be see in this translucent quartz mineral make it even more fascinating. When held up to natural daylight and gently rotated some incredibly rich purple colour can be seen as well as subtle traces of yellow which is likely to be the mineral citrine.
The colour of amethyst can vary quite dramatically from the lightest shade of purple to varying shades of violet and in both Greek and Roman mythology its colour was believed to have been created by the respective Gods of Wine. Amethyst is derived from an Ancient Greek word which relates to not being intoxicated hence the stone has long been thought to offer protection against the effects of alcohol.
Throughout history the colour purple has been associated with royalty and rich, powerful members of society. The reason for this was because the colour was quite rare and could only be produced from natural dyes. Catherine the Great was particularly fond of amethyst and amassed a large collection from the Ural Mountains in Russia. Wallis Simpson was another fan who was often seen wearing a spectacular amethyst, turquoise and diamond necklace designed by Cartier. Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall has also been seen wearing an amethyst and pearl necklace that originally belonged to the Queen Mother.
To ensure amethyst retains its natural colour it should always be positioned away from direct sunlight.
Weight (grams) : 184.4
Size (cms) : 6.7 x 4.8 x 3.7