ROCK TRIVIA: AMETHYST
Amethyst is found worldwide, from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue. The ideal grade is called "Deep Siberian" which is a deep purple leaning towards the blue end of the spectrum. Russian Amethysts were not only famous for their beautiful color but were the only Amethysts whose color remained true even inartificial light.
The finest Amethyst available today is the deep grape colored stone that comes from Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia. The majority of the Amethyst on the market is the lighter pink- lavender from Brazil and Uruguay. Gem quality Amethyst is also mined in Madagascar.
The tradition surrounding the properties of Amethyst is also worldwide. Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to guard against drunkenness and seduction. Amethyst has been found in graves across the world from the Aztec in the Americas to the Anglo-Saxon in England. In Tibet, Amethyst was dedicated to Buddha and used for rosaries and, in Medieval Europe, soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle.
In the picture, an Amethyst necklace made for Tiffany, with Emeralds and Diamonds. This necklace was up for auction Highlights at Sotheby’s New York December 11th, 2013 and estimated at $80,000 to $100,000.