Who knew? How cool is that?
Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelery. It is one of several forms of quartz. Amethyst is the traditional birthstone of February and I think it is beautiful. I also knew that amethyst was found in many places in Nova Scotia but when we came to Brazil I was VERY surprised to see it here!
Amethyst is produced in abundance from the state of Minas Gerais which is very close to us. It occurs in large geodes within volcanic rocks. Many of the hollow agates of southwestern Brazil contain a crop of amethyst crystals in the interior. Up until the 18th century, amethyst was included in the most valuable gemstones list (along with diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald) However, since the discovery of extensive deposits in locations in Brazil, it has lost most of its value. Still it is a beautiful stone and is used in many works of art here in Brazil. The way I think it is used most effectively is in the beautiful bases for the stone birds and statues and in the birds you see at markets.
When we were in Miami for our cruise we were in a shop that had a HUGE amethyst rock. I am not sure where they got it because the store had items from all over the world.