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Gift of Amethyst

Gift of Amethyst
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-13
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-13 5:03
Viewed: 3329
Points: 30
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Amethyst: a Royal Purple

Today a parcel arrived for me from Europe, and I was so excited when I opened it, as among the very interesting gifts there was this piece of Amethyst. I have always loved this colour and variety of quartz, but to receive this from these dear friends of mine was so very special for me. I want to share this Amethyst with you all, but no, you canít have it, as I will always treasure it.

Purple has long been considered a royal colour so it is not surprising that amethyst has been so much in demand during history. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favourite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. Amethyst, transparent purple quartz, is the most important quartz variety used in jewellery.

Amethyst is a transparent, coarse-grained, purple variety of quartz (SiO2) and has long been the most important quartz variety used in jewellery. The presence of manganese in quartz produces this characteristic purple colour, and additional iron content varies the colouration. Its colour is unparalleled, and even other, more expensive purple gemstones are often compared to its colour and beauty.

Although it must always be purple to be amethyst, it can and does have a wide range of purple shades from pale lilac to deep purple. The pale colours are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian jewellery. The deep colours are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes.

Amethyst can occur as long prismatic crystals that have a six-sided pyramid at either end or can form as druzes that are crystalline crusts that only show the pointed terminations. As a mineral specimen, amethyst is popular for its colour and nice crystal shapes that produce a handsome, purple, sparkling cluster. Its physical properties are those of quartz.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-13 5:06]

Hello Janice!
Very nice and unusual shot.Vivid colors,BG,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hello Janice!
It is very interesting photo :-)
I love amethyst very much. We have them in our museum - they are big and unusual- I loůk at them so often and I'm always extited!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-13 5:45]
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Hi Janice,
I'm glad that at least it arrived to you - long time and long journey :-) Very nicely captured, I like dark BG and detailed structures of crystals. Pink colour looks very nice. Very good capture and all post!

hello Janice!
Very interresting shot.Nice colors,dark BG and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-13 7:04]

This is a very beautiful photo Janice. Great details and superb colors. Well done & TFS!


How lovely and well captured, Janice.
Lucky you to have such dear friends.
Good details, color and BG in this composition.
Well done, and enjoy your gift.
Thank you for sharing it with us.

hello my friend:) really beauty photo:) I have bought many amethyst in Africa:) I have a nice colection of them:D really this is pleasure for eyes:) great shot :) great colours:) and detalis:) exellent work:D



Very nice capture of a lovely gift Janice. I once found a piece of the lovely gemstone at the top of a very long hike, just laying on the ground. It's only about 1 inch around but still treasured nonetheless for it's beauty. This one seems to glow in the photo. Well done.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-06-14 0:16]

Hi Janice, lucky you, what a pretty amethyst, I love them too, especially purple (my favorite colour) What a great shot you got there, nice bg that bring the amethyst stand out. Excellent composition. Very well done, thanks for sharing. :)

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-06-14 1:08]

Hi Janice,
Wow, your explanation beats everything.
Interesting subject. Are you collecting minerals?
You write about it as if it is the crown jewel.
The picture itself could be better. Put it on another surfface and try to get more structure by shooting from the side.

Never mind, keep on looking for the postman, he always rings twice.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-14 4:03]

Wonderful amethyst ! The nature make a lot of beautiful think ! Interesting & well done shot ! TFS.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-14 12:08]

Janice, a beautiful shot.

Nice texture and contrast. Your note is great too.

A beautiful piece of quartz. Well captured, and well explained in your excellent notes. Another amazing example of nature at work.


Nice shot! I've always had a soft spot for geology, so it's only natural I'd be drawn to this one sooner or later... Amethyst is beautiful, and you've captured this piece well, although it's an unusual colour - this specimen is almost pink, most is a deeper, more darkly purple colour. Anyway, focus and DOF are spot on. About the only thing I'd suggest is perhaps a closer approach to exclude the fabric maybe? I also wonder whether a lower angle would accentuate the crystal forms better - hard to say without looking at the specimen in reality though! Anyway, a very nice shot, thanks for sharing it :-D

Hi Janice
Aren't you so lucky today to receive this beautiful Amethyst. I'm a huge rock collector myself. The Amethyst is well captured, I think you managed a few sparkles.
TFS Janice

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