As of 2014, most amethyst comes from Brazil and Uruguay. Before amethyst was discovered in these locations, amethyst was mined in Sri Lanka, Germany, India and the Ural Mountains in Russia.
The name derives from the Greek word "a-methy-stos" which means "one that does not get drunk". It was believed that amethyst would protect people from getting drunk. Wine goblets were carved from the gemstone. The association could also be from the fact that amethyst resembles red wine in color. Remy Belleau created a myth of a young maiden named Amethyste who was pursued by Bacchus, the god of wine. Amethyste prayed to the gods to remain chaste. The goddess Diana turned her into a white stone. Bacchus poured red wine over the stone which turned the crystals purple.Learn More
Diamonds do not come from coal, and the diamond forming process generally does not even involve a form of coal. Coal is a rock that is formed by sediment, and diamonds are formed through igneous sources.Full Answer >
Natural diamonds typically come from inside the Earth’s mantle. They form when carbon deposits are acted upon by a combination of high temperatures and pressure. Formation of a diamond from carbon requires one to 3.3 billion years, and they rise in magma to near the Earth’s surface through volcanic action. Once the magma has cooled into igneous rock, the diamonds can be mined.Full Answer >
Swarovski crystals are machine-cut crystal beads made in Austria. Daniel Swarovski developed the formula in the 1800s. Swarovski crystals are silver in color and are used in necklaces, rings, watches, earrings and bracelets.Full Answer >
Cashew nuts that are sold commercially in grocery stores primarily come from Africa and India; however, the cashew nut is actually a native of the tropical regions in Brazil. The cashew nut is found growing on cashew trees.Full Answer >