By Maury Kauffman
2/20/2017 at 12:09 PM
Quartz is found in abundance from every corner of the earth. In its purest form, quartz is colorless, but is most prized for its purple variety: amethyst. The traditional birthstone for the month of February, is available in small and large sizes, although as with all gemstones, very large sizes in rich, deep colors have always been rare. Designers celebrate amethyst as the ideal choice for jewelry because of its regal color, variety of sizes and shapes, affordability and wide tonal range from light to dark purple. Did you know, great thinkers like Leonardo da Vinci believed that amethyst could dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence? Brazil is the primary source of amethyst, and Zambia is a significant source.