Amethyst is a transparent purple quartz. In ancient time, Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote for drunkenness. The name comes from the Greek “amethystos” for not drunken. Greek legend tells the story of a maiden Amethystos who was pursued by a drunken god, Dionysus. Amethystos prayed to the goddess Artemis to remain chaste. The goddess granted her prayer, transforming her into a white stone. Filled with remorse Dionysus cried tears of wine over the stone turning it purple.
Different localities produce unique forms of amethyst, particular to that region or even to a particular mine. Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, Zambia, Namibia and other African countries. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, is also mined in Australia. The color can range from pale lilac to deep purple.
White Orchid Studio’s necklace “Ice Cream and Blueberries” uses a wonderfully faceted, deep purple amethyst to bring out the red, blue, and purple fire in a luscious strand of Welo opals. It definitely looks good enough to eat!