Amethyst Crystal Rich Purple Colour
An outstanding polished amethyst crystal from our collection of rocks and minerals. The variation in colour that can be see in this translucent mineral makes it even more fascinating. This characteristic is known as colour zoning and is quite common in this variety of quartz. When held up to natural daylight and gently rotated some incredible colours 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. In both Greek and Roman mythology the colour was believed to have been created by the respective Gods of Wine. The name amethyst comes from an Ancient Greek word which relates to not being intoxicated hence stones have long been thought to offer protection against the effects of alcohol.
Throughout history the colour purple has been associated with royalty and rich and powerful members of society. The reason for this was because the colour was very 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 that was 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 crystals retain their natural colour they should always be positioned away from direct sunlight and heat.
Weight (grams) : 184.4
Size (cms) : 6.7 x 4.8 x 3.7