A large scale natural amethyst specimen originating from Brazil. Crystals from Brazil are most often found as radiating masses, with individual crystals appearing as pyramids. This exceptional mineral has a striking plate like form that has been moulded by nature over thousands of years. It showcases a rich purple colour with white calcite crystals.
This specimen is an impressive sculptural piece for an interior display or collectors cabinet. Its colour is most evenly distributed in the individual crystals and is most intense in the growth zones at the tips.
Amethyst has a long history as a gemstone. In the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, it was highly valued and was used to create cylinder seals, engraved with religious designs and the owners name. While, ancient Egyptians also valued amethyst, using it in much of their jewellery.
This luxurious gemstone was even appreciated by pinnacle figures in history – Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Amethyst dissipates evil thoughts and quickens intelligence”. It is also known for adorning the breastplate of Aaron, high priest of the Hebrews, representing the prophet Math, who was filled with desire to please God.
Traditionally associated with purity and piety, amethyst has always been favoured by royalty as purple is considered a regal hue. In modern times, amethyst is both faceted and polished, used as a carving material, and frequently worn as jewellery.
Its name comes from Greek “a-methystos”, meaning not drunk.
Comes with an exclusive extra large custom-made neoclassical style display plinth – ø25.5cm x height 9.5cm.
Overall dimensions are for specimen and base.
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