You get Dog Tooth Amethyst!
When Amethyst and White Quartz were “cooked” together inside the earth, the two gemstones formed a striped, chevron pattern. The stone is also called Chevron Amethyst.
Surprisingly, the Dog Tooth Amethyst was named for its resemblance to a flower, the Dog Tooth Violet.
Hmmmmm. You be the judge.
This gemstone is mined in Africa while regular Amethyst can be found in Brazil, Russia and other countries. It is a fairly hard stone, being graded at 7 (out of 10) on the Mohs scale. (More on the Mohs scale in a future post.)
Each stone I purchased is about 1” square, and I bought three without any preconceived notion of what to design. Now, looking at them, I’m thinking of using one stone in a pendant, and one or two in a bracelet.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll give you an update on what I’m designing.
I’ve got to let the Dog Teeth do the talkin’ !
(dog tooth violet photo courtesy of Tomo.Yun at http://www.yunphoto.net/en/)