Amethyst
Faceted faces and violet sparkle, we’re starting with a material that brings a little glimmer. A glance at this material immediately transports me back to my Scottish sojourn with a stop off at Jupiter Artland, taking in Anya Gallacio’s amethyst sunken grotto – wall to wall purple quartz! But delving back into the history of this stone uncovers even more intrigue than you would imagine from a material with mystical connotations. As far back as ancient Greek times, you’ll find this stone was named for the belief that it kept its owners from becoming intoxicated – perhaps we can put his down to placebo effect? Being found in Brazil, Sri Lanka and Siberia, this stone harks from intriguing locations, though it can be found used all over – prized for its unique colouring. Seeing those amethyst-encrusted walls in Scotland turned my initial preconceptions on their head, and I look forward to reimagining my own fresh take on this material.

Tune in next week for more of my material alphabet…

Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 24, 2019

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