Decors Factors and Suggestions – Purple is often regarded as the color of royalty, and amethyst has helped establish this reputation. This lavish gemstone is beautiful and radiant, perfect for anyone who wouldn’t mind feeling a little like royalty. Amethyst varies in color, from deep and dark purples to lighter violet colors. The variation in colors can be seen in each amethyst specimen, each piece of amethyst having a different distribution of color. The bright purple of amethyst lends its self well to other powerful colors, such as green, brown, and coral.
Amethyst geodes make stunning additions to any décor setting. Large geodes can be used as a table with a glass cover. Imagine looking at the intriguing crystal of an amethyst geode while having a drink with friends. Smaller geodes would look pleasing as an accent item. Touchstone Galleries offers many different amethyst pieces, from jewelry to geodes, one is sure to fit your liking. All ways of displaying amethyst are truly amazing; this vibrant gem is truly one of a kind.
Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story
Legend and Lore – French poet, Remy Belleau, invented a myth about amethyst in one of his poems. He wrote that the Greek god of wine, Bacchus, had a love interest who was a maiden named Amethyste. The maiden denied Bacchus affection and prayed to remain chaste. Diana, the goddess of birthing, heard Amethyste’s prayer. Diana transformed her into a white stone, showing how pure she was. Bacchus was humbled by the maiden’s desire to remain chaste, so he poured red wine all over the white stone as an offering, dying the crystals purple and creating the amethyst we know and love today.
The Science of Amethyst Creation – Amethyst is a violet/purple variety of quartz. It is made up of oxygen and silicon with very tiny amounts of iron impurities that help give the crystal its purple color. Amethyst is often found with thumb markings, meaning there are small fractures in the crystal. The color of this variety of quartz comes from impurities in a part of the crystal structure. Geodes are formed in two steps. First, a cavity is formed in the rock. Second, the cavity is filled with crystal, making the exquisite geodes we see today.
Revealed by Man – Today most amethyst comes from Brazil and Uruguay. Amethyst is often found in volcanic rock formations, where it is removed from the basalt deposits with large amounts of hand labor, cleaned, and often coating the outside of the geode with a tiny protective layer of cement and then carefully packed and shipped to the US so customers can enjoy its elegant beauty.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of amethyst and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.