Amethyst (matched pair) (fine color)

Minas Gerais, Brazil
Gems, 12 mm x 10 mm (approx each), 10.12 ct (total weight)
Start Time: 12/07/2023 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/14/2023 7:00:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $90

Item Description

Amethyst has been used as a gemstone for thousands of years. Ancient jewelry items dating back to 2000 BC have been found containing Amethyst stones. The name comes from the ancient Greek term "amethystos", which translates to "not drunken", as they believed the stone would prevent intoxication. In fact according to entry on Wikipedia, "the French poet Rémy Belleau (1528–1577) invented a myth in which Bacchus, the god of intoxication, of wine, and grapes was pursuing a maiden named Amethyste, who refused his affections. Amethyste prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a prayer which the chaste goddess Diana answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethyste's desire to remain chaste, Bacchus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple." For decades, Brazil has been the top producer of Amethyst (both gems and crystals), and this matched pair is a great example of the fine color that can be found. These "Brilliant Emerald" cut stones have wonderful saturated purple color with nearly eye-clean clarity. They would make for a superb pair of show-stopping earrings, or they could be used to create a very eye-catching pendant. Priced at $708.40 retail.

From the old inventory of Ray Zajicek, a respected wholesaler and founding member of AGTA and the International Colored Gemstone Association, with decades of experience in the gem and jewelry business.  Ray has won more than a dozen Spectrum & Cutting Edge Awards (TM).

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$90 12/14/2023 6:53:49 pm (CST)
$80 12/14/2023 5:34:00 pm (CST)
$70 * 12/14/2023 5:33:50 pm (CST)
$70 * 12/14/2023 5:33:50 pm (CST)
$60 12/14/2023 5:24:14 pm (CST)
$50 12/14/2023 4:34:21 pm (CST)
$45 12/11/2023 4:20:15 pm (CST)
$40 12/11/2023 4:20:15 pm (CST)
$15 12/11/2023 1:13:50 am (CST)
$10 12/10/2023 3:03:41 pm (CST)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.