Heather Cote- Amethyst (photos)

Thursday, February 28, 2013   by: StaffFeature,
- Heather Cote

February Birthstone ~ Amethyst

picture<br />of a stone This is one of my favourite stones...I prefer the deeper purple color over the pale mauve stone...maybe it is a favourite because it is the stone for Pisces, which I am?

Must be purple to be amethyst

One of the most beautiful purple stones

Purple is color of royalty

From Greek meaning “not drunken” :~)

May occur as a long crystal with pyramids at each end

May occur as a druzy
amethyst The quality, shape, lustre is not the same for every mine
these qualities are often so distinct the mine can be determined by the appearance of the stone

Found: Vera Cruz, Guerrero, Brazil, Thunder Bay, Uruguay, Africa, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Italy, Germany & Russia

The amethyst found near Thunder Bay is known for druzy clusters

Green amethyst is actually prasiolite, a green quartz, which is rare

Sensitive to heat

Is sometimes heated and turned yellow to be sold as Citrine, which it truly isn’t

During my research I came up with websites for four Amethyst mines in the Thunder Bay area...take a look at the sites, they offer some great photos as well as information regarding their individual mines, most of which you may visit and often purchase amethyst.

The fourth website caught my attention...I found a page where Ian Merkel, talked about his visits to Blue Point Mine, (owned by Linden Swanson) Pearl Ontario, which is 35 miles east of Thunder Bay.

The mining at this site is done by drilling and blasting areas, then working these particular “fractures" as they were called.

Ian and his party visited Blue Point Mine in 2004, 2009 and 2010 and were allowed to work fractures not in the immediate work area of Mr. Swanson.

My suggestion would be for the reader to visit the website as there is a great deal of fascinating information...some very technical, but interesting for anyone who has a passion for Amethyst!

As well there are 20 amazing photos of the work site as well as amethyst...far too many for me to share with you in this article.

I’ve included 4 of Ian’s amazing photos and one of a pair of earrings and a pendant I made with amethyst stones...I forgot I even had the photos...was happy I found them!

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Enjoy your week...


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