- 8.56ct purple custom elongated oval Amethyst
- Measures 19.68 x 10.37 x 8.66mm
- Purchased from Athumani in Tanzania
- Cut by Beth Stier
Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz that is found in abundance in East Africa. The finest gems are considered to be deep, saturated grape purple with even coloring throughout the stone. Ancient Greeks associated amethyst with the god Dionysus because of its grape-like hue, and they believed it helped prevent intoxication. Amethyst is a wonderful choice for someone looking for a larger stone that is beautiful yet affordable.
Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February.
Gems from the heart
Moyo means 'heart' in Kiswahili. When you purchase a Moyo gem, you’re helping women artisanal gem miners (and their male allies!) in Tanzania and Kenya. We work to empower miners to work safely, improve financial security, and create stable, equitable markets for fair trade. A Moyo gem gives back a higher percentage of the sale than an ANZA gem, and this amount is re-invested into the Moyo Gems program to help run market days and support local community needs.