Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz—"contaminated" with iron, thus its color. Pure, clear, purple sections are cut and polished into jewelry. Larger, variegated slabs can be carved and used for other decorative purposes: vases, amulets, inlaid surfaces.
The paperweight shown here was hand-faceted into the complex octagon you see above. White veins flash across the stone, creating wonderful movement and energy. Click on the photo above to learn more about it.
Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well! Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).
We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).
Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only). 917-446-4248