Until the 18th century, Amethyst was held in just as high regard as the likes of Ruby, Diamond and Emerald in the world of gemstones. It was desired by kings and queens in the most esteemed societies in the world. Mining of the gemstone was already underway in many countries, from Brazil to Madagascar and Tibet to Namibia, so you can only imagine the excitement when a huge Amethyst vein was accidentally discovered in Austria in the mid-19th century.
Quarry workers happened upon the deposit during a routine job on the Maissauer Höhe in 1845 and, thus, Austria's place on the Amethyst map of the world was secured. In celebration of this incredible deep purple stone, we're taking a look at the story behind Amethyst in Austria here at Monica Vinader: