My favorite book from childhood (okay, it’s still my favorite book) is Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I love Anne, the main character. She has so much enthusiasm and is so excited by life. I love this passage, where she talks about amethyst:
“I think amethysts are just sweet. They are what I used to think diamonds were like. Long ago, before I had ever seen a diamond, I read about them and I tried to imagine what they would be like. I thought they would be lovely glimmering purple stones. When I saw a real diamond in a lady’s ring one day I was so disappointed I cried. Of course, it was very lovely but it wasn’t my idea of a diamond. Will you let me hold the brooch for one minute, Marilla? Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?”
I must admit, like Anne, I much prefer amethysts to diamonds. I think amethyst is so pretty and has so much character. Everyone born in February is lucky to have this as a birthstone.
Back in my university days I had the opportunity to go “digging for amethyst” at an amethyst mine near Thunder Bay, ON. It was so much fun – like going on a treasure hunt. The amethyst we found was not jewelry grade stones, but it was so pretty. I still have those pieces on display in my living room.
Here we are at the amethyst mine. Forgive the look, it was the early 90s. lol.