Hey friend, the other day I told you about my new series of works which is currently showing in the exhibit “All Things Being” at Crown Gallery. I wasn’t able to show you the pieces in the series while I was working towards the show. However, now I can. Here’s “Amethyst“.
Since it’s the one which starts with the letter “A”, I decided to reveal her first. That’s not to say I’m planning to reveal them all in alphabetical order. This creative mind of mine will pick and choose where the inspiration takes me.
“Amethyst”, just like the rest of the works in The Gems Series, highlights the fact that different is beautiful. It is neither inferior nor superior.
As a gemstone, it is a purple variety of quartz. It can be found in various shades and tints of purple, ranging from pale lilac through blues to deep reddish purples.
Amethyst derives its name from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “not intoxicated”. In Ancient Greece it was believed that the gem had the ability to prevent its owner from getting intoxicated. This is a reference to its “wine-like”color.
According to history, this gemstone was worn by royalty as well as set as jewelry on their crowns, and clothings. Furthermore, it was also favored for religious purposes. It could be found in the gowns of bishops and as well as used as rings for them.
Today, this gemstone is widely used in jewelry making. Furthermore, it’s not as rare as it was originally believed to be. Large deposits have been found in various places in Brazil.
In conclusion, just as you don’t choose the month in which you’re born, you also don’t choose the color of skin you’re born with. Every human from every race born in the month of February calls this gemstone – “Amethyst” their birthstone.
PPS: Learn more about the entire series here.
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