Object of the Month - April 2019
Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. It is a semi-precious stone and has been attributed with powers to soothe the mind and emotions. The name Amethyst means ‘not intoxicated.’ The Greeks used to believe that the gem prevented drunkenness. It is the birthstone of February.
This Amethyst belongs to the Jayme Ribeiro collection, gifted to the Museum in 1921.