ROCK TRIVIA: AMETHYST
Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February. This gemstone is found all over the world and has been treasured since ancient times. Beads of amethyst were found in both Anglo-Saxon and in Aztec graves and, across the ocean, Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle. The stone was once as valuable as Rubies and Diamonds but
the enormous South American deposits, discovered in the nineteenth century, brought down the price of the gemstone.
The coloration of Amethyst varies widely. Most of the material from Brazil is light-colored. In Madagascar, it is generally red or violet hued. Russian Amethysts from the Urals, were famous for their intense color which - unlike most Amethyst- remains true even in artificial light. Africa produces the famous 'grape jelly' color and the deposits in Zambia are particularly beautiful.
Pictured is a recently auctioned piece which belonged to Elizabeth Taylor.