Ah yes, the purple stone. Amethyst, the birthstone for February got its name from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “not drunken”. Amethyst was suppose to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus which is why wineglasses were often carved from it. Amethyst is also the purple variety of quartz family. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia.
Continuing with our pearl theme for the month, here are some pearl facts by the numbers.
At Christie’s auction house in April 2007, $7.1 million was paid for a suite of natural pearl jewelry that had been owned by the maharaja of Baroda. The original seven strand necklace is now two strands.
May is the month for emeralds! The lush green of emerald has soothed souls and excited imaginations since the antiquity. The name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus”. Rome’s Pliny the Elder described emerald in his Natural History, published in the first century AD as “nothing greens greener”.
Sotheby’s will auction the Cowdray Pearls, a gray pearl necklace described by the Swiss Gemmological Institute as “exceptional” and meriting “special mention and appreciation,”at its Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite sale on October 7th in Hong Kong….