This week’s coloured stone is the regal Amethyst.
I guess you could say this stone was where SuShilla Jewellery began, decades ago. For those who don’t know, I saw my first rough cut gem on the roadside during a very long car journey in Zambia back in the 80’s. I was travelling with my family from Lusaka down to Livingston to see the Victoria Falls, which, if my memory is correct, took about 5 hours. So of course we had to make stops on the way and quite literally there were huge chunks of rough Amethyst on the roadside, a couple of which we picked up and still have to this day.
Rough Amethyst Rock
One doesn’t have to delve too far to find some interesting facts about stones. My favourite, has to be that the name Amethyst comes from the Ancient Greek meaning ‘intoxicated’, this is a reference to the belief that the stone could protect it’s owner from drunkenness. Can I just say at this point, I have put this to the test and it failed! However that could be because I was wearing the stone rather than drinking from a vessel made from Amethyst as the Greeks did.
Amethyst is a stone that can work very well in it’s rough state or as a faceted stone.
Tallulah Collar in Amethyst
This wonderful handmade collar uses 9 rough cut stones.
Amethyst is a wonderful colour that lends itself to being teamed with other coloured stones.
Calypso Earrings Amethyst with Prehnite
The faceted Amethyst stones are contrasted with the Apple green Prehnite semi precious stones.